It doesn’t surprise me, AWD is not made for continuous long term spinning of the tires. The system that allows it to change from front/rear will heat up eventually. Looks like you found the limits. This is why the manual has a warning about deep sand and how long you can go in it.Wheels started to spin, but i was still moving and making forward progress, until i wasnt and the system shut down. I would have made it no problem if i could have kept the power on and have they system stay on. Once it failed and shut down, i was done and helpless. Frustrating to say the least how it failed so quickly.
Just being able to lock it would be beneficial, even without a low range. My wife's RAV4 has a button that does this, but it automatically unlocks at anything over a very slow speed.Cutting wires is not recommended
Part of my motivation for the work I'm doing is to asses the feasibility of adding a low range...which would have to be accompanied by an electronic "bypass" of some sort to keep the t-case "locked" into AWD and traction control off. It can be done from what I see...just has to be a decent demand for it.
What’s funny is I was going through some past posts and someone posted they talked to a mechanic friend from Europe who said don’t get the AWD because it constantly breaks, lol.Whole brain ford engineering goes through the costs to build a new AWD system with (new?) parts (at least new compared to the European version) instead of just taking what appears to be a proven design from the European version. Typical
So far happy with my AWD though. No deep snow or mud yet though