all wheel drive

Asked by Apr 16, 2019 at 12:29 PM about the 1999 Ford Explorer

Question type: General

My 1999 Ford explorer has a select switch that says  Auto  High Low. What
does the Auto mean? Is the car in 4x4 all the time?

3 Answers


Instead of you selecting when to run in 4WD in high or low, Auto tells the car to make the decision for you.

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So, it's in 2 wheel drive until a computer thinks it needs to be in 4? How can I disarm this so it will be MY decision when to engage?


You can set it to 4WD low or 4WD High when needed. But auto is like 4WD on-demand; your Explorer is in 2WD and the vehicle constantly senses whether or not wheels are slipping and engages 4WD as necessary.

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