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#1329 of 1712 2001 Durango driving modes + skid plates
Sep 25, 2004 (5:00 pm)
I really enjoy reading your messages and I truly admire the level of expertise coming here from all corners of life. Recently I purchased my first SUV - a used 2001 Dodge Durango SLT with 77,000 km and 2WD, 4WD-high and 4WD-low driving modes. So, finally I also have some questions to ask:
1/ What goat-like surprises can I expect from 2WD Durango in the winter? Any tips how to improve its behavior?
2/ Since I live in the area of sometimes questionable winter driving conditions (Ontario), I wonder whether AWD mode couldn’t be a better choice (in the summer, I often pull a camping trailer, nevertheless my questions relate to winter driving only).
3/ I would also like to receive your advice about when I should safely engage the 4WD-high mode while driving on-road (rain, heavy rain, snow, snow storm, ice?)
4/ And when exactly to apply 4WD-low
5/ Are skid plates really needed for a heavy snow? When mounted, do they create annoying obstacles for future maintenance of the vehicle?
Thanks in advance!
#1330 of 1712 2001 Durango
Sep 27, 2004 (5:22 pm)
I too recently purchased an '01 Durango. I found the owner's manual to be quite helpful and thorough regarding answers to similar questions I had when I bought mine.
1. Expect any rear-wheel drive vehicle to become a handful when the road is slick. Easing on and off the gas will minimize the chance of losing traction.
2. AWD is only an option on some Durangos; if you have it, then there's no reason not to use it all the time, summer and winter.
3. Per the owner's manual never engage or use 4WD-hi above 45 MPH/70 KPH. You will never hurt anything if you switch between 2WD and 4WD-hi while moving with your feet off both pedals (gas and brake). In other words, only shift while coasting or completely stopped.
4. Check the manual for a detailed description for when/how to use 4-low. To summarize here, only shift to/from 4WD-Lo while coasting in Neutral below 5 MPH. Very few situations demand this mode; it's only useful when the normal range causes the transmission to stall.
5. I'm no off-roader, but my understanding is that skid plates are there only to protect the valuable guts from rocks or anything else that would damage what's protected by them.
Remember, 4WD helps you GO better in the snow but it does nothing to help you STOP. Also note that ice may allow your front wheels to spin when you gas it in 4WD, so drive with the lightest foot possible.
#1331 of 1712 Re: 2001 Durango [carlrjr]
Sep 28, 2004 (4:07 pm)
Thanks! I'm glad I asked. The difference between AWD and 4WD was around 4K (on a used car).
#1332 of 1712 Lost wheel cap
Sep 30, 2004 (6:49 pm)
Love my 04 Hemi powered Durango with cast alum wheels. Has anybody else had a problem with the front wheel cap falling off? I am about to replace my 3rd one in 10 months and hope the dealership has a solution to this problem. Was told previously that drive thru carwash was too powerful and most likely caused caps to pop off. However, haven't been thru one lately, yet front cap missing.
#1333 of 1712 Hemi economy, question on headlights
Oct 02, 2004 (12:14 pm)
My Durango has 19000km on it and I'm getting 19-22mpg on highway. Ive added a K+N Aircharger which was noisy at first but I'm getting used to it. Does anyone have info on Mopar-approved header and catback and are there any uprated high beam bulbs available yet?
Oct 04, 2004 (8:54 am)
i have a 04 Durango SLT awd Hemi.
Does anyone know how this system splits power between front and rear (40/60????).
I have looked around the dodge site, but have found nothing.
#1335 of 1712 Durango and Apple Ipod
Oct 06, 2004 (3:37 am)
Has anyone hooked an Ipod up to there 2004 Durango yet? I currently have one of the Belkin FM transmitters, but was starting to look at the Dension IceLink product (www.DensionUSA.com). However, their website has a disclaimer that the product should not be used with RDS radios. Has anyone else had luck doing this with some other product or a custom installation?
#1336 of 1712 04 Limited Power Seat Noises
Oct 17, 2004 (5:05 pm)
Bought an 04 in January and love it. Holds everyone and everything just fine. The only annoying problems are seat related. We have the power option on the leather seats and notice two things. First is "play " in the drivers' seat-almost like rocking as you are taking off or stopping. Dealer says its' within range. The other is with creaking of seats and spring noise/ feel in most seats. ANy thougths before going back to dealer? Also have 02 Ram from same dealer and do like dealing with them. Thanks.
#1337 of 1712 Well My 2003 Runs GREAT !!!
Oct 19, 2004 (12:48 pm)
I had a 2000 SLT 4x4. Loved it and got 130,000 miles out of her. I went in for a tranny service and while I was waiting I went to look at the 2003's they had on the lot. This was 12/2003 at the time. A delivery truck pulled up with the 2004's on it. I know one of the salesmen there and he came out to talk to me. Long story short I traded my 00 for my 03 SLT+ that day. I love this vehicle. They have both been the most reliable and functional vehicles I have ever owned. This one I will keep until the doors fall off!
#1338 of 1712 Re: 04 Limited Power Seat Noises [rambob]
Oct 19, 2004 (2:43 pm)
First is "play " in the drivers' seat-almost like rocking as you are taking off or stopping. Dealer says its' within range.
I think that if you can feel it on normal acceleration and braking then, by definition, it is not in range!