Re: "Death Valley SUV Trails"

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Posted by Art Berggreen on January 22, 2002 at 13:13:13:

In Reply to: Re: "Death Valley SUV Trails" posted by Lara on January 22, 2002 at 10:47:15:

">> It really helps if your vehicle has a low-range transfer case
Uh-oh, more car talk -how do I figure this out."

Does your Tracker have another lever (or maybe a button) besides the normal transmission shifter,
that says something like "HI" and "LO"? If so, you have a transfer case with a low
gearing range. The transfer case is connected to the output shaft of the transmission and
"transfers" power to the front and rear differentials on 4WD vehicles. The transfer cases
on vehicles designed for offroad use usually have two gearing options, one for normal highway
driving, and a low gear range useful when driving across rough terrain.

"I am debating on whether to replace the Geo - it does not have air conditioning which for a
black car in the desert is not always pleasant. Or to just add the things to it, like air and a roof
rack, that I want. A new car is expensive!"

I think that the A/C is useful for your personal comfort, but you should always be prepared
to survive without it. Knowing the capabilities of your vehicle, careful driving and being
prepared will get you to a lot of DV.


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