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Going downhill on icy/snowy roads I would definitely NOT run the transmission in the lower gears. Should you hit a spot that is more slick than others then the rear end will lose traction and if you have the VDC system it may not understand what to do to correct the loss of traction. Keep the vehicle in drive and use your brakes. That way you are using all four tires to slow down instead of only one tire (the passenger rear). Trust me, I've tried using the lower gears here on Colorado mountain roads and it is a quick way to completely lose control of the vehicle.
If your vehicle has the ABLS feature then when accelerating it will apply the ABS to the wheel that is spinning and it will also lower the throttle to the engine. So keep it in drive and let the Titan do it's thing.
|1(Low gear):Use this position when climbing steep hills slowly or slow driving through deep snow, sand or mud, or for maximum engine braking on steep downhill grades.|
|Do not downshift abruptly on slippery roads. This may cause a loss of control.|
|Do not shift the 4WD shift switch while driving on steep downhill grades. Use the engine brake and low automatic transmission gears (D1 or D2) for engine braking.|
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I'm a little confused on this post. Are you saying that VDC doesn't work properly in gears other than Drive? Aside from that, if you're going to hit a spot to lose traction, it's going to lose traction no matter what gear you're in.
I am in Atlanta and we hardly ever have a "major" event. Last year was the first time my 4wd Titan experienced snow and ice. Mostly ice. I saw alot of people sliding around and crashing but I never had an issue. I drove with intelligence and when it was just a sheet of ice on the highway I would slip it in 4 hi and was good to go. I actually ended up helping a few people get their cars and trucks back on the road. One was a new 4wd tundra. I need to find the pic of me pulling him out of a ditch.
The lesson is drive slow and leave plenty of room to screw up and you should be fine. I have virtually no ice experience other than that.
|"Use the gearing of the vehicle more," says Nikolas. "Use first gear and let engine compression hold you back, using less foot brake. Use the brakes sparingly. If it's a particularly steep hillside, we call it threshold braking. Use just enough to slow down, but not enough to lock up the wheels, and that's tough."|
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