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2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

How is the AWD system when it comes to driving on a beach in sand?

Does it give enough drive to all the wheels to keep you from getting stuck?

Just got mine, and have never tried it, and can’t seem to find that info on the Jeep site.

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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

wkjeeps.com has more WK info than anywhere. Save it and go check it out.

I found this under 4 x 4 systems.

here is the link:

http://www.wkjeeps.com/wk_4x4.htm#TIPS

you have the QT 1 system:


Quadra-Trac I is designed for Jeep Grand Cherokee owners who want the assurance of full-time all-wheel drive and no switches or levers to pull, the Quadra-Trac I is the right system. The system provides for smooth operation of the vehicle over a variety of road surface conditions. No driver interaction is required.

The NV140 transfer case splits torque 48/52 percent (front/rear) for nearly even distribution of engine power. The single-speed transfer case has been designed to rigorous Jeep durability standards while offering smooth and quiet operation. The use of Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) with the NV140 transfer case makes the 4 x 4 system extremely competent in a variety of situations. The BTC system provides resistance to any wheel that is slipping to allow additional torque transfer to wheels with traction.

Offering a single-speed transfer case attracts a new group of buyers to the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup and builds on the capable, entry-level, two-wheel drive versions, which currently account for approximately 25 percent of Jeep vehicle sales.



so IMO: NO it should NOT be driven on sand. You got one drive wheel per axle. no lo gear. no sand driving.
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

You can drive in sand, you just need to deflate your tires to approx 15 psi. If you dont, then there is a greater chance you will get stuck and you will most likely over heat either the tranny and/or motor.

But use common sense. Dont go in the dunes, stay where the sand is hard or other there are other tire tracks.

I have taken my jeep out on the beach in the outer banks. Never had a problem and i'm 3.7L with QT1.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:03 PM
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

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You can drive in sand, you just need to deflate your tires to approx 15 psi. If you dont, then there is a greater chance you will get stuck and you will most likely over heat either the tranny and/or motor.

But use common sense. Dont go in the dunes, stay where the sand is hard or other there are other tire tracks.

I have taken my jeep out on the beach in the outer banks. Never had a problem and i'm 3.7L with QT1.
Dude dude dude!!!!! woah woah woah on the lowering your tire pressure!!! 15psi is ALOT!!!!

plain and simple, the QT1 isnt made for the sand. Therefore, dont try to break it in. Its a 2010 jeep, with the 3.7. Rob has posted great info, and reasoning as to why not to do it.

imo dont do it, and DONT lower your tire pressure 15 psi lower then the regular psi
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

I don't think you would have much trouble driving on sand as long as you air down your tires and try to stay on paths that are traveled frequently. Awd can get you to most places 4wd can, you just have to be very careful how you approach the scenarios.
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

Actually klutch, 15-20psi is about right. If you are on the sand you want to lower the air pressure on your tires to a fairly low psi to give you more foot print on rocks, sand, deep snow. etc. . You'll be fine as long as your not driving fast/gunning it/turning super hard and fast. Then the bead will pop off and that would be bad mmk. There is a limit on how far down you can go per terrain. IMO if you don't have onboard air... i wouldn't even bother.

You'll be fine in sand either way. AWD system is more than enough. A 4x2 would be fine out on the beach even... long as you don't floor it and do stupid things :P
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

You should be fine. I drove a FWD car on the beach before with out a problem. Just don't drive in no dunes and you'll be fine
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

It is not going to hurt your Jeep to drive it in the sand....JEEZ that's what they're made for.
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

It's a jeep!!! Nuf Said. Had you been driving a Trail Blazer or pathfinder I'd say hell no. You'll be alright just be smart about things.....
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

I've driven mine many times on the beaches of the Outer Banks....through deep soft sand...never been stuck. You will be fine. Air down to around 20 I'd say, and keep the momentum going in the soft stuff. The guys claiming QT1 isn't made for sand don't have QT1, so they have no real life experience using a WK with QT1 on sand. Take their advice and you'll miss out on the fun your WK is capable of giving you.

You want some good advice? Get tow hooks and a recovery strap before you go...and if possible, go with another vehicle, so if you do get stuck, you can get a tug out, but imo, you'll be fine and there is no reason to keep it on the pavement because you don't have 4lo.
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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

I did this with QT1 and no problems at all and I didn't air down...

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Re: 2010 Larado AWD (3.7L) driving on beach sand

theres nothing wrong with airing down ur tires to 15-20psi. Klutch, watsdamatter witchu??? lol I do it everyday with the niner.
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