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post #11 of 46 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 04:57 PM
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I'm still undecided about Snow Mode. Early on I felt it restricted the fun factor a little too much (it forces more stability/traction control intervention). And I don't particularly like launching in 2nd gear - all the time ; on very slick surfaces it's appreciated, but that's it. I don't mind a little power 4-wheel spin take-off, especially when the person driving the SUV next to me is giving me some attitude

I'm in Auto Mode 99% of the time, and we've had snow on the ground for 5-6 weeks now.

Last night I took *the long way home* via a small county road, covered 75% with ice and 25% hard pack, at -15F. Love the ice texture when it's cold out. Snow Mode. I was able to get her sideways in a corner, which made me like the mode a little more

And of course you can fool around with ESC partial Off, which throws a wrench in the programmed Mode patterns. Which I also like.

Bottom line on Auto vs Snow Modes : experiment and enjoy. If you don't have dedicated snow tires and/or don't get much winter, don't experiment and use Snow Mode whenever it gets slick, for safety reasons.
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Toecutter is the winner!!!

Used Snow mode, was a layer of sleet with about an inch or two of fluff, worked perfectly. Almost was hit by some yahoo in a Silverado with a ATV in the bed. That moron will be a statistic today guaranteed.
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It dumped so hard here all day. We got close to another foot of snow in town (compare my previous patio pic above from this morning to the one below from this afternoon). Up at the ski area they got another foot or so and the national weather service is predicting between 11"-22" of snow tomorrow.

I was in sand/mud mode today to get across the neighborhood. This storm is insane. Northern California is getting hit even harder, I've read.
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If there is snow/slush on the road I use snow mode. Otherwise its Auto mode, which is most of my driving.
Never have had an issue in auto mode though, even in slippery conditions.
There are occasions even with pouring rain/wet pavement, I will snow mode.
A wet and algae coated boat ramp I will use it also.
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I tried out snow mode last week in Northern Cincinnati during our first snow of the year, I drove the first leg of my trip in auto and everything felt fine, no slips until I get a slick spot which I felt a slight switch. Snow mode will force you to take off slower (2nd gear) so the chance of wheel spin is little and you will move forwards. so I am now hoping for another round of snow so I can really give it a try. :-)
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I drive 100 kilometers to work one way on a major highway (416) and snow mode is the only way to go for me. Yes you use a bit more gas but just knowing it was designed for this type of weather makes the ride a little easier.
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You know how Auto mode will drive all four wheels when it detects wheelspin or if the temps are below a certain point? I wonder what the power distribution is when Auto does drive all fours?

For example, Snow mode is 60/40 F/R. When Auto detects slip and it's cold out does it "automatically" go to 60/40 F/R? If not, then what ratio?
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12 t0 14" of snow here last night, Southern MA,. Had little chance last year for deep snow trial but last night fun! Did find as in my JKU's that in deep snow the TH with "snow" or "auto" mode traction control "on", pretty crappy! Engine RPM's cut back to almost idle speed when power needed.


Unplowed steep uphill tough job with traction control "on" with it "off" duck soup! Even stopping part way up the TH would go with the TC "off"! Same start with Traction Control "on" no go!!


Overall happy with the Cherokee in deep snow. Lots of packed snow underneath though, not the same with my old JKU! Real happy with the front windshield and wipers and wiper defrost in windshield! Not so happy with the headlights packing with snow.


Comparison with Wrangler JKU...ahhh no comment, don't wanna get in more trouble on this forum!! lol Last JKU had limited slip in rear, seemed a good helper in snow and lots more ground clearance. Will keep the TH though, til at least we see the promised new Wrangler!!


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You know how Auto mode will drive all four wheels when it detects wheelspin or if the temps are below a certain point? I wonder what the power distribution is when Auto does drive all fours?

For example, Snow mode is 60/40 F/R. When Auto detects slip and it's cold out does it "automatically" go to 60/40 F/R? If not, then what ratio?
Only the engineers know the answer to that and they're not talking... to keep a competitive edge and all...
Not only when wheelspin is detected or below 40F, Auto mode gets you in 4WD ready state when rain or an incline (don't know the minimum angle required) is detected. Even when pulling a heavy load I think.

Snow mode is programmed for a slight front power bias, likely to tame oversteer. That's too bad lol. My guess is that in Auto mode power distribution would be at or near 50% F/R. Or not. Best way to find out is to experiment
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