General 4X4 Working !?

Discussion in '2nd Generation (2002-2006)' started by Oil Burner Chris, Monday 3rd Aug, 2015.

  1. Oil Burner Chris Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Evening all, this might seem a bit of a stupid question, but is there any way that you can check that the four wheel drive system is working properly on my CR-V ? :Wink:
     
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  2. jd1959 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Mud, sand, gravel, and steep forestry tracks :Niceone:. Otherwise you will need to get all four wheels free to spin off the ground on a chassis lift. (While its up there maybe burnish and change diff fluid if there are any concerns)
     
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  3. Davej5 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    As Zack says I check mine by driving up a muddy bank around the corner from my house if yours has VSA you will need to turn it off other wise it won't let a front wheel spin to get the rear wheels working.
     
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  4. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I just tried driving in the snow and I can't tell if the 4x4 is kicking in. I turned the VSA off and some wheels spun but the 4x4 light didn't come on. Am I meant to get some sort of indication when it's working or Is that light just a warning?
     
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  5. Dutchstream Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Just tested mine beginning of the week. I just needed a showroom with big windows and a very slippery surface....in my case that was snow. I could see the rear wheels spinning when I started to pull away.
     
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  6. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I had no window so couldn't tell if my rear wheels were spinning. I'm guessing the 4x4 light comes on as a warning if there's a problem. It was just the one night I went out that the car had no grip as it was sheer ICE and the back had a mind of its own. The following days were fine and the car was totally controllable in the snow, With or with out VSA on. I just wish we had more snow so I could play more.
     
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  7. jd1959 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    What you need is a set of these and a large area to go play in :Grin:.
     
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  8. 1066Boy Premium Member Club Supporter

    Put a set of these on and you will never spin again. :Laughing:

    Kaimans.
     
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  9. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Well I do have a spare set of alloys
     
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  10. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Try driving it somewhere dodgy. If you get stuck it probably doesn’t work. I don’t know why you would think it isn’t though
     
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  11. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I just thought that if the traction control light comes on when it's working it would be the same for the 4x4 light. I just find it strange that it doesn't.
     
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  12. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    It’s not a proper four wheel drive and I think you have to base your expectations on that
     
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  13. 1066Boy Premium Member Club Supporter

    I agree, it no substitute for a proper 4x4. The very idea of one set of wheels loosing traction before the others wake up and help makes little sense
    to me. Just a moment of loss of traction is often the difference between making progress and getting stuck.
     
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  14. Airbear Banned Getting Started

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    It makes sense, from a fuel economy POV, if 99% of the time the driving conditions warrant 2WD.
     
  15. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Jason Dudley, UK
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    I know the CR-V isn't a proper 4x4. I only bought mine for the boot size and it being another Honda.

    I was under the assumption the CR-V was 2WD until it needs the extra grip from the rear which helps to keep emissions down and MPG up? If my car is actually AWD then I can understand why there is no indication on the dash to say that it's kicking in just like it does with the traction control.
     
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  16. 1066Boy Premium Member Club Supporter

    My Suzuki is 2WD most of the time but locks solidly into 4WD at the touch of a button. None of this traction control stuff.
     
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