Originally Posted by gunslinger
Most 4 wheel drive systems need a little slip when turning. Pavement, or rather, turning on pavement while in 4 wheel drive, can damage the front end drive components.
That said, 4 wheel drive needs to be engaged and ran on a somewhat frequent basis as this keeps the seals and other parts properly lubricated.
If you're pulling on gravel that's a perfect time to engage it. Use it every once in awhile just to make sure everything works and to let it turn a little.
Hard surfaces with lots of grip.....no, don't use it.
That's good to know!
Now I haul very, very, very infrequently but live on dirt/gravel roads. Would it be ok to engage the 4WD without towing for that purpose?