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Re: Snow driving tips?

I kept my 2000 JGC Laredo 4.7L with no TC and full time was best in snow, on my 2012 Overland 5.7L in that last snow auto was fine, sport was very similar to my 2000. Its nice to have a little spin in the snow and still be able to counter steer. Auto is best for the novice snow driver though. Snow mode was horrible, delayed throttle and little feel.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:05 AM
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I kept my 2000 JGC Laredo 4.7L with no TC and full time was best in snow, on my 2012 Overland 5.7L in that last snow auto was fine, sport was very similar to my 2000. Its nice to have a little spin in the snow and still be able to counter steer. Auto is best for the novice snow driver though. Snow mode was horrible, delayed throttle and little feel.
Well, that's "sorta kinda" the idea with snow mode. Starts you off in slightly higher gear for less torque and less likely to spin at take off. Also reduces the front to back shifting of power as that could put you in a spin on slippery road... keeps things nice and steady.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:11 AM
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Re: Snow driving tips?

The Snow Mode worked great for me in a snow storm driving up to Yosemite. The roads were plowed but slick, and it was snowing faster than CalTrans could clear the road. I did not feel any slipping on the mountain roads! And on packed snow in a parking lot I floored the Hemi hoping to spin the tires, but instead we accelerated quickly and straight ahead with no slipping. And this was with the stock Michelins all-season tires!

I have since put Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 tires on my Overland. This will help with deep snow, a condition that the Michelins did not fare well. If we ever get some snow this year in California I can try out the new tires going to Lake Tahoe to ski.

For serious snow you can put the vehicle on low-range, and raise it using Off-Road 1. I did this after an overnight snow buried the Jeep and I had to climb over a ridge of plowed snow. With the new tires I hope to be able to just drive instead of having to rock the vehicle.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

At first, like others here, I was a bit concerned about snow mode as years of alpine alpine driving made me a traditional counter-steering drifter in slick or snowy roads.

Once you get used to it, the traction control kicks in when you need it most: during slick roads and you end up in an unintended slide at speed. Sure, you can't just keep mashing it and drift around the corner in a counter-steer, but the rig straightens up nicely.

If one wants to play around a bit, then Sport mode allows you to still get it going sideways and pull out of the drift with a bit of gas. YMMV.

My only complaint is lack of snow this year. Praise be to Ullr.

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First jeep and first snow here in Chicago the other day. Sorry for the newbi question, but what is the best way to drive in the snow? I used the snow switch, but when, if ever, should I switch to 4 Low?
I wouldn't suggest anything besides good snow tires like Blizzaks for example and drive slow with extra attention around your car. Or stay home ...
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Thanks for the tips guys!

Page 368 of manual does say to use 4WD LOW for extreme situation like deep snow. Obviously 1-2 inches, I'd just use the snow switch, but no one uses 4LOW in 5+ inches of fresh snow?
Not for 5", no, the Grand will go easily through 6"-8". But, when we had the blizzard last year where there was 18" of unplowed snow with 36"+ drifts covering the streets in the suburbs, I would have used 4-Low when driving in that kind of stuff to avoid strain on the transmission.
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I wouldn't suggest anything besides good snow tires like Blizzaks for example and drive slow with extra attention around your car. Or stay home ...
Those will NOT work in deep snow. but they're great on the 1"-2" slushy mess and flat packed icy snow after the plows and salt trucks have had a run through. We have Blizzaks on one of the company SUVs and they suck in deep snow compared to the same vehicle on Firestone Destination ATs. When the deep snow is gone and it's in the teens temp-wise, then the Blizzaks rock, yes.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

Okay being an avid gearhead and never heeding any advice other than what I was taught by my Grandpappy is this.
1. First get that Jeep out and play with it a bit in an empty parking lot. Learn how the GC will react under your quick panicked reaction brought on by fear from some Lincoln Navigator driver sliding into lane from the opposite direction traveling at 60 m.p.h.
2. Slow down, honestly if any fool is out there on a Highway doing 55-65 mph and the roads are snow covered call for an ambulance. There is absoloutley no way anyone should be traveling that fast under snow conditions.
3. if you're approaching a turn you should be going slow enough to "pedal" through it without losing control. 4-wheel drive, awd, etc,,, work on slippage so if you're not applying torque via the gas pedal the 4-wheel drive ain't working.
4. Try using the tranny by downshifting when coming to a stop or when braking, this tourque's the engine down faster than just braking. An added little tidbit is to do this under heavy snow conditions when starting out. And it won't ruin your transmission so long as you don't treat like a 70 Chevelle SS with a 454 big block and rock-crusher tranny.
5. 4-lo are for those times that you get to bail out the Lincon Navigator that almost hit you rounding that curve and wound up between two trees. Because we all know "Jeeps never get stuck"
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Those will NOT work in deep snow. but they're great on the 1"-2" slushy mess and flat packed icy snow after the plows and salt trucks have had a run through. We have Blizzaks on one of the company SUVs and they suck in deep snow compared to the same vehicle on Firestone Destination ATs. When the deep snow is gone and it's in the teens temp-wise, then the Blizzaks rock, yes.


What??? Some non-sense, trollish type post ^^^ Read specs on difference between winter tires and any other including one you like. I drove over foot of snow on highways fine, that day no one even got into job at my work. You would need to go Canada/Quebec on your tires over winter and see how far you will get on them there I drove there while -30C on Blizzak's fine, do you need shots to see snow and ice there?
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Yea that's a bunch of crap, my dads blizzacks are better then my destination a/t's in cornering in deep snow and give the same amount of traction, but my a/t's rock in everything else

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Yea that's a bunch of crap, my dads blizzacks are better then my destination a/t's in cornering in deep snow and give the same amount of traction, but my a/t's rock in everything else

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Right they might be good overall all season off road tires, but nothing more than this. Two sets winter/summer will beat them easy.
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The Blizzaks are absolutely terrible in deeper snow. My next set will be Cooper Discoverer A/T 3's and maybe Cooper Studded Weathermaster WSC for the winter.
Family members now have the A/T 3's and love them.
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