By Eric M. Jones
I bought my lightly used 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and loved it. But when I encountered slippery surfaces I would put it into 4WD “Part Time” thinking it would automatically engage when needed (like my 1993 Jeep). But the steering was tough and noisy…this didn’t seem right so I dug out the owner’s manual.
I can just imagine the marketing guy insisting on having things HIS way, and the engineer finally giving in:
My 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee transfer case shifter: The top notch label 2WD is for two-wheel drive - fixed two-wheel rear drive. That’s fine.
The next notch is labeled, ”4WD Part Time,” but is actually 4WD FULL TIME and must not be used on pavement full time because the tires wear out. I learned this the hard way.
The next notch is labeled, ”4WD Full Time,” is actually 4WD PART TIME, and the shift lever can be left there full time.
I still love my Grand Cherokee.