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Old December 8th, 2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Mythbusters, I need your help. Does a 4wd vehicle stop better in the snow?

I am curious to know.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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No, if anything it would make you slide easier depending on the vehicle.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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No auto stops better in snow!

Kick to the junk!
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Old December 8th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #4
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Nope no way..
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Probably takes more due to the extra weight of the 4x4 parts.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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Stop? When in doubt throttle out!
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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I have noticed that my jeep does stop much better in the snow when I have the 4wd engaged. Only reason though is my rear drum brakes are pretty shitty so at least when the 4wd is engaged the front brakes help out with stopping the rear.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:13 PM   #8
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I have noticed that my jeep does stop much better in the snow when I have the 4wd engaged. Only reason though is my rear drum brakes are pretty shitty so at least when the 4wd is engaged the front brakes help out with stopping the rear.
The front brakes stop all vehicles, the back is just along for moral support, regardless of 2x4 or 4x4.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:14 PM   #9
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I have noticed that my jeep does stop much better in the snow when I have the 4wd engaged. Only reason though is my rear drum brakes are pretty shitty so at least when the 4wd is engaged the front brakes help out with stopping the rear.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #10
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This is a myth?;).

Nope, I think a little harder in snow and on ice
Higher off the ground, weight shifts. But they keep messing with 4 wheel drive vehicles making them lower.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #11
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more traction, more weight, and usually same size brakes, yup should stop better.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #12
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When 4wd is engaged you cant lock up the brakes on only one axle. There for if you have really shitty brakes on one of your axles the vehicle will stop better in 4wd because the braking power from the good axle is also transferred to the shitty axle. Make sense?
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Old December 8th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #13
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Would a 4wd or a 2wd cherokee stop any different? No.. It comes down to the tires. A 4wd would just get your moving faster and probably into more trouble.
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Essentially, since you can't do a brake stand in 4wd, the same must be true for stopping... Is that what you're saying?
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Default Mythbusters, I need your help. Does a 4wd vehicle stop better in the snow?

Pretty much. My jeep has 38.5 x 15 super swamper TSL's that are absolutely terrible on slick roads. For me it is not uncommon at all to lock up the front tires long before the rears. When in 4wd this issue no longer exists and stops much better on slippery conditions. Atleast for my jeep anyways.

In a perfect world where each of the 4 tires are able to apply the maximum amount of braking before locking up and losing traction on an individual bases, 4wd or 2wd would not make any difference in stopping ability.
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How would this work with a 231 case if you had one. In 4 wheel the drive shafts are locked at the same speed. If front end is locked up the back has to be too also right. Vs. Being in 2wd ?
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Old December 8th, 2013, 11:44 PM   #17
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When 4wd is engaged you cant lock up the brakes on only one axle. There for if you have really shitty brakes on one of your axles the vehicle will stop better in 4wd because the braking power from the good axle is also transferred to the shitty axle. Make sense?
I'm not sure what in the hell you are saying. However, brakes are cheap, why do you have shitty brakes?
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it can help slow you down but not stop, ice and snow doesn't care how many wheel drive you have, as you slow though if you have all four wheels engaged instead of two without slipping then you have two more wheels for traction thus helping the vehicle to slow down, when only two wheels are engaged then the other two are just rolling away
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But I have anti lock brakes!
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Old December 9th, 2013, 12:09 AM   #20
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is it 4 wheel anti lock brakes? and Im not talking about braking, just slowing down when you let off the throttle
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