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#1 (permalink) Old 05-05-2009, 05:49 AM
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GF drove fronty in 4WD Low 75 mph for 60 miles!!!!

Hello all, haven't been here in a bit, just wanted some advice. My girlfriend drove my 07 SE in 4wd Low like the subject says. Now, when I got in the rig, 4LO was flashing, which means the truck never switched to Low, but stayed in 4high, correct?

I haven't felt or heard anything strange since she got back. She literally was on a state highway in CC doing 75 for about an hour!! Truck is riding fine and she stills switches to 4WD with a twist of the switch...question is: What should I have checked or be on the lookout for? Besides a new girlfriend? lol Any info would be greatly appreciated guys, thanks!

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Yikes ....

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hey .. someones got to say that ... might as well be me.
Luckly the switchover to lo4x4 is pretty safe ... truck has to be stopped, dumped into neutral, switch moved to low, back into drive, ect. If your idiot light was flashing it stayed in 4 wheel hi.
My only concern would be driving it around over 60 mph in 4x4 hi. Not too much of an issue I don't think .. but maybe some of the experts will chime in here.

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Yeah, no way she could go in 4lo up to 75mph, I think the mas speed is around 35.

That being said, I would hop under the truck and make sure that the transfer case bolts are all tight and there are no signs of leaking fluid. Those high speeds for that long will cause a lot of vibration that could cause it to loosen up.


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lol you guys have obvioiusly never run in 4 hi with speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour for multiple hours off road. Bolts and case will be fine.

Its not the speed thats the problem.....its the fact that the truck was on the pavement in 4 wheel drive. Obviously it never switched into 4 low if it was blinking, I have been in 4-low at speeds up to 60 mph, I dont remember what it was taching at, but it was in overdrive...and It was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay up on the tach. (probably 5k?) so its highly unlikely that happened.

Point being, any damage will be wear to the transfer case gearing, and there is nothing you can do for that. I WOULD change the transfer oil, as there will be quite alot of shavings, and those will accelerate wear on the gears since its constantly flowing. it also might be a tad burnt, due to mismatched driveline speeds. lots of heat

I really don't get some people.... it should be obvious there are problems if there is a blinking indicator light on the dash...and the whole fact that's its really hard to turn.....and the squealing tires...

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It should be fine, I drove 80+ in a snow storm from upstate PA to Philly (150milesish) in 4Hi. Drove 60 in 4lo for 10mi.

Like someone else mentioned, its when you turn on dry pavement that binds everything up.
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x2 on the Transfer case fluid change.
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Why was she using 4X4?

It doesn't sound like it actually went into 4 low. I drive that fast in 4 high quite a bit. No worries there.
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thanks everyone...i will change that oil asap!!

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