How to Turn on 4WD on Your Jeep Grand Cherokee
Occasionally your Jeep Cherokee might not engage 4WD, but you can fix it yourself with a few easy steps. Start by turning on the key. If the vehicle is in 4WD mode, you should hear a slight electric motor sound. If you do not hear this sound, the problem is most likely with your transfer case or transmission. If the problem persists, you should seek professional repair.
Alternatively, you can put your Jeep Grand Cherokee in 4WD high or 4WD low mode. The high mode is ideal for driving on snowy roads, while the low mode is good for driving on dirt roads or when traveling under 20 mph. Whether you are off-road or navigating a city street, the four-wheel-drive system is essential for getting out of difficult situations.
When you’re in the middle of an unpaved road, you can engage the Jeep’s four-wheel drive system and transfer 100% of your vehicle’s power to the rear wheel. Depending on the terrain, this system may also raise the Jeep, which improves its off-road performance. But sometimes, your Jeep will refuse to engage 4-wheel drive, or will simply shut down until you fix it. This problem can occur with the actuator in your Jeep, so it’s important to diagnose the cause of the problem before you get stuck on a tough road.
Most Jeep Grand Cherokees and Wranglers are equipped with 4-wheel drive as a standard feature. It’s important to know how to activate this feature if you plan to drive on dirt roads or in the snow. However, you’ll need to consult your owner’s manual for more information.
Jeep Cherokees originally came with two-wheel drive capability, which was only offered on the Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Summit models. Four-wheel drive Jeeps are typically more expensive, costing between $2,000 and $3,000 more. But the difference between 2-wheel and four-wheel drive is the ability to turn off the option at will.
You can also switch to mud or snow mode to drive on snowy or icy roads. These modes give the Jeep more thrust and push it over obstacles. Additionally, if you’re stuck in the mud or snow, you can flat-tow your Jeep in neutral mode. In addition, Jeeps have a wet clutch mechanism, which helps you gain more traction.
You can also opt to upgrade to a four-wheel-drive vehicle. 4WD vehicles are much more capable in off-road conditions, and are usually more expensive than two-wheel drive Jeeps. The cost difference between a two-wheel drive and four-wheel-drive Jeep is between 10 and 15%.