Originally Posted by jazon6
Thx for the reply but I am a little confused when I google jimny 4wd and keep getting this info up.
The Jimny's vacuum-locking hubs allow the vehicle to be shifted from 2WD to 4WD while travelling at up to 100 km/h (62 mph). Shifting to low range requires the vehicle to be stopped, but there is no need to exit the vehicle. Newer Jimnys feature electronic "push-button" selectable four-wheel drive.
So I should not do this?
Also you said dont drive it in 4wd in the dry.So wet roads are ok?
Thanks in advance,
You have a 4wd front axle system similar to my 2002 Tracker 4-door (the equivalent to a Vitara...) The closest thing that we have to a Jimny is the SJ-413 Samurai - which has locking hubs. Sorry about that...
While you may have read that on a link found with a Google search, unless you KNOW it comes straight from the Suzuki Jimny Owner's Manual, I would not believe it!
You STILL have a part-time 4wd drivetrain. You risk breaking the coupling mechanism if you dump your treansfer case into 4wd at any appreciable highway speed while the front locking mechanism is trying to activate pneumatically. It's sort of like trying to change gears without depressing the clutch first. Lots of grinding and popping will occur.
I cannot put my Tracker/Vitara into 4wd unless I am at a complete stop. If I do, a giant shudder and pop is felt from the front differential as the pneumatically operated 4wd locking pin drops into place. Taking it out of 4wd can be done at any speed because both the input and output components are rotating at the same RPM when they separate.
I am not very familiar with the Jimny 4wd system (we in the USA, WISH WE HAD Jimnys to drive!). If it is similar to the newer Suzuki IFS front wheel drive mechanisms - which I believe it is - I would not "engage" while in motion.
Above all, read your Jimny owner's manual for the true answer to this question.
Wet roads are okay for 4x4 useage, but it is really overkill. Remember this is NOT an AWD Audi or a Subaru that you own! All-wheel drive performance at speed in rainy conditions is far superior to your part-time 4wd system - so much so that I really would not bother using your Jimny 4x4 mode in the rain except under severe, muddy conditions.
Again, your owner's manual is the best source for information on this subject.
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