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2 hours ago, Sunil Mathew said:

Never do this while 4H is engaged, the effect you’re describing is called differential lockup and can seriously damage the vehicle. 4H and 4L should only be tested on soft sand, never on tarmac.

Interesting, I hope I did not break anything. at least I did not try 4L. About 4H I actually drove it in 4H and the car felt just fine ?

 

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2 hours ago, Sunil Mathew said:

Hi Fred, I believe there is no harm in moving back and forth in a straight line on tarmac in 4H or 4L?

because i did it while inspecting the car for buying 🙂

 

Excerpt from the owners manual for clarity/info

 

4H Position
This range locks the front and rear driveshafts together,
forcing the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same
speed. This range (4H) provides additional traction for
loose, slippery road surfaces and should not be used on
dry pavement.
The “4WD Indicator Light” (located in the instrument
cluster) will illuminate when the transfer case is shifted
into the 4H position.
N (Neutral) Position
This range disengages the front and rear driveshafts from
the powertrain. It is to be used for flat towing behind
another vehicle. Refer to “Recreational Towing” in “Starting
and Operating” for further information.
4L Position
This range locks the front and rear driveshafts together,
forcing the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same
speed. This range (4L) provides additional traction and
maximum pulling power for loose, slippery road surfaces
only. Do not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h).

Straight line is no problem. The problem starts if you make full left or right turns as it makes the differential wind up 

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