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#31 Old 11-29-2012, 04:04 PM
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It has probably the center differential or viscous coupling then, OK.

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I just read a review of the 2013 Rav4 and this is how their AWD system works:

Of note, AWD models get three drive modes: Auto, Lock and Sport. In auto mode power is sent to the front wheels, with the rears being given torque when slip is detected. Lock mode can be engaged at speeds below 25 mph and engages a full-time AWD system, with up to 50 percent of the power headed to the rear wheels. Above 25 mph the system reverts to Auto mode. And finally, there’s a Sport mode where up to 50 percent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels, while other car characteristics are heightened, including faster shifts as well as more immediate throttle and steering response. Front drive models also get a sport mode with similar, steering, transmission and throttle changes. In addition, sport mode will even “blip” the throttle on down shifts.

Sounds like an interesting system that may be a little more robust than the MO.
Other than a sport mode, what makes you think that differs from how the Muranos works?

BTW, full and part time describe 4WD systems, not AWD systems. As for the speed in which the lock mode is disabled, 6 MPH is hardly what I'd call high speed. AWD LOCK disengages at high speed according to the manual so I don't know where these numbers keep being pulled from.

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I was actually thinking about using it at the beach in the event the sand got deep or it felt like it was bogging down. In my area Southeast Texas this was the only time I would ever see myself using this feature. Would this be an ok surface to use the AWD button and not damage the the transfer case in any way?
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I was actually thinking about using it at the beach in the event the sand got deep or it felt like it was bogging down. In my area Southeast Texas this was the only time I would ever see myself using this feature. Would this be an ok surface to use the AWD button and not damage the the transfer case in any way?
That would be the ideal condition for engaging the AWD LOCK - a low traction environment where driveline binding is least likely to occur.

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So is this 2007 awd any good in the snow or not ?


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So is this 2007 awd any good in the snow or not ?


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My 07 Murano AWD is just great in snow, and I live in Colorado and use it for ski trips. I don't use snow tires, either - just M+S rated tires.

But if we get 18 inches of snow overnight (yes, it has happened) I leave it parked and stay home until the Jeeps and the snowplows have opened up the roads.

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But if we get 18 inches of snow overnight (yes, it has happened) I leave it parked and stay home until the Jeeps and the snowplows have opened up the roads.
I take the Explorer! The MO stays parked.

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I take the Explorer! The MO stays parked.
An excellent choice! An Exploder, Blazer, Jeep and similar truck-derived vehicles are suited to truck-style duties, whereas the crossover SUVs of all marques are not.

We had exactly one of those deep, wet 18-inch snows a few years ago. My daughter's Jeep Cherokee was in the driveway with brand new Goodyear Wrangler tires on it. I fired it up and easily broke trail around the lake where we live. Jeep never should have stopped building the Cherokee.

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So for me the situations this coming winter will be mostly like this.

After work on the way home in slow traffic (ok more like stand still traffic), it shows and the road is nasty with dry, ice, and snow patches.

Is it advisable to use the lock or just let the system stay in auto?

By the sounds of it, its better to leave it alone unless you are spinning your wheels and not going anywhere, in this case would the system not kick in anyway as it detects wheel spin?

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In that case, I'd leave it in AUTO and let it do its thing. It works well and if wheel slip is detected, it'll send power back to the rears. Only use lock if stuck. You probably wouldn't hurt anything in stop and go traffic like that but it's not needed.

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An excellent choice! An Exploder, Blazer, Jeep and similar truck-derived vehicles are suited to truck-style duties, whereas the crossover SUVs of all marques are not.

We had exactly one of those deep, wet 18-inch snows a few years ago. My daughter's Jeep Cherokee was in the driveway with brand new Goodyear Wrangler tires on it. I fired it up and easily broke trail around the lake where we live. Jeep never should have stopped building the Cherokee.
You are correct! I had a Cherokee the 1st year they came out in 1974 (of course they were a 2 door Wagoneer back then), and that vehicle would go virtually anywhere. Even better than the "Exploder"!


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In that case, I'd leave it in AUTO and let it do its thing. It works well and if wheel slip is detected, it'll send power back to the rears. Only use lock if stuck. You probably wouldn't hurt anything in stop and go traffic like that but it's not needed.
^^^ Every word above is correct. Unless you're stuck, keep hands off the lock switch.

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Just want butt-in, sometimes when my steering wheel is angled too much on a turn (or some other driving scenario where AWD should act automatically)-- it would slip the front tires and I can feel I don't move an inch. YES! there is seconds dead stop before AWD engages automatically.

IDK if anyone experienced this but my point I want to convey is-- I don't think it's 50/50 distribution from a dead stop.

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I never thought it was, either, but I did read it in the literature!

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Just want butt-in, sometimes when my steering wheel is angled too much on a turn (or some other driving scenario where AWD should act automatically)-- it would slip the front tires and I can feel I don't move an inch. YES! there is seconds dead stop before AWD engages automatically.

IDK if anyone experienced this but my point I want to convey is-- I don't think it's 50/50 distribution from a dead stop.
I believe that it starts at 50:50 traction, however the Murano do not have a limited slip axle, so the wheels can still spin until the AWD system compensates for the slipping wheel.

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