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Electronically Shifted Transfer Case (Three-Position Switch) - If Equipped

This is an electronic shift transfer case and it is operated by the AWD Control Switch, which is located on the center console.

AWD Control Switch (Three-Position) AWD Control Switch (Three-Position)

This electronically shifted transfer case provides three mode positions:

  •  All-wheel drive automatic range (AWD AUTO)
  •  All-wheel drive low range (LOW RANGE)
  •  Neutral (NEUTRAL)

This electronically shifted transfer case is designed to be driven in the AWD AUTO position for normal street and highway conditions on dry hard surfaced roads.

For variable driving conditions, the AWD AUTO mode can be used. In this mode, the front axle is engaged, but the vehicle's power is sent to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive will be automatically engaged when the vehicle senses a loss of traction.

When additional traction is required, the transfer case LOW RANGE position can be used to lock the front and rear driveshafts together forcing the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. This is accomplished by rotating the AWD Control Switch to the desired position. Refer to "Shifting Procedure" for specific shifting instructions. The LOW RANGE position is designed for loose, slippery road surfaces only. Driving in the LOW RANGE position on dry hard surfaced roads may cause increased tire wear and damage to the driveline components.

Transfer Case Position Indicator Messages

The Transfer Case Position Indicator messages (AWD AUTO and LOW RANGE) are located in the Driver Information Display (DID) and indicate the current and desired transfer case selection. Refer to "Driver Information Display (DID)" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel" for further information. When you select a different transfer case position, the position indicator lights will do the following:

If All Shift Conditions Are Met:

  1.  The current position indicator light will turn OFF.
  2.  The selected position indicator light will flash until the transfer case completes the shift.
  3.  When the shift is complete, the indicator light for the selected position will stop flashing and remain ON.

If One Or More Shift Conditions Are Not Met:

  1.  The indicator light for the current position will remain ON.
  2.  The newly selected position indicator light will continue to flash.
  3.  The transfer case will not shift.

NOTE: Before retrying a selection, make certain that all the necessary requirements for selecting a new transfer case position have been met. To retry the selection, turn the control knob back to the current position, wait five seconds, and retry selection. To find the shift requirements, refer to the Shifting Procedure for your transfer case, located in this section of the owner's manual.

The "SERV AWD" Warning Light monitors the electronic shift all-wheel drive system. If this light remains on after engine start up or illuminates during driving, it means that the all-wheel drive system is not functioning properly and that service is required.

WARNING! Always engage the parking brake when powering down the vehicle if the "SERV AWD Warning Light" is illuminated. Not engaging the parking brake may allow the vehicle to roll which may cause personal injury.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make a shift while only the front or rear wheels are spinning. This could cause damage to driveline components.

When operating your vehicle in LOW RANGE, the engine speed is approximately three times that of the AWDAUTO position at a given road speed. Take care not to overspeed the engine and do not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h).

Proper operation of all-wheel drive vehicles depends on tires of equal size, type and circumference on each wheel.

Any difference in tire size can cause damage to the transfer case.

Because all-wheel drive provides improved traction, there is a tendency to exceed safe turning and stopping speeds. Do not go faster than road conditions permit.

For additional information on the appropriate use of each transfer case mode position, see the information below:

AWD Auto

All-Wheel Drive Auto Range - This range sends power to the rear wheels. The all-wheel drive system will be automatically engaged when the vehicle senses a loss of traction. Additional traction for varying road conditions.

LOW Range

All-Wheel Drive Low Range - This range provides low speed all-wheel drive. Locks the front and rear driveshafts together forcing the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. Additional traction and maximum pulling power for loose, slippery road surfaces only. Do not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h).

Neutral (N)

Neutral - This range disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from the powertrain. To be used for flat towing behind another vehicle. Refer to "Recreational Towing" in "Starting And Operating" for further information.

WARNING! You or others could be injured or killed if you leave the vehicle unattended with the transfer case in the NEUTRAL position without first fully engaging the parking brake. The transfer case NEUTRAL position disengages both the front and rear drive shafts from the powertrain and will allow the vehicle to roll, even if the transmission is in PARK. The parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not in the vehicle.
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