Power drive and winter buttons..what do they do?

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Power drive and winter buttons..what do they do?

Postby Wickedclown » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:20 am

I havent had this 94 for long but was wonder what do these 2 buttons do and when should i use them?
Does the winter button give you better traction or something.
And where does this extra power come from when you hit the power button lol?
probably a newbie question but i wanna know .
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Postby Cronk » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:37 am

Power drive changes the shift points of the transmission, holding out the rpms a little higher between shifts. Almost like an electronic shift kit.

The winter mode starts you off in 2nd gear and is supposed to be useful for staring off in slippery conditions like ice.
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Postby Ramblin Fever » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:03 am

Winter mode on the rodeo's anyway, starts you off in 3rd gear.

Power mode works good as long as you push hit BEFORE you start climbing a good grade, which is really the only time I use it.
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Postby totten » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:14 pm

wISH I HAD POWER BUTTON. Only have winter button on 04 rodeo. Start rodeo in 3rd gear up to 22 mph for ice condition. I dont use it.
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Postby Med!c » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:15 pm

cronk wrote:Power drive changes the shift points of the transmission, holding out the rpms a little higher between shifts. Almost like an electronic shift kit.

The winter mode starts you off in 2nd gear and is supposed to be useful for staring off in slippery conditions like ice.


It's actually 3rd. I was personally blown away when I found out it was 3rd and not 2nd. But it makes sense. If you even use it, the engine has like noo power.
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Postby Wickedclown » Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:33 pm

ahh thats cool
thanx for the info guys.
the shift points allready high enough for me so i wont be using any of those buttons.
seems like the trans would wear out if you use winter button starting out in 3rd gear and all
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Postby Cronk » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:58 pm

Ha, ha, I stand corrected. Geez, that explains why it is such a dog in that mode. Thanks for setting me straight guys! :D
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Postby CatFuzz » Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:53 pm

With the 4 wheel drive, you'll never need the winter button.
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Postby N law » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:58 pm

I have HAD to use the winter mode before. I was headed to class one morning and came to the top of a hill with a slight curve in it. BLACK ICE! I saw all the cars piled up at the bottom against the guard rail. I tried to stop the VX but it slipped into the guard rail very softly (no damage) I backed out because there was gravel and got turned around in winter. Right back up the hill and on home! It worked beautifully on ice.

basically it slows the tires down to keep em from breaking traction before you get rolling
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Postby Ramblin Fever » Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:02 am

I've had to use winter mode on black ice too; with being in 4-high

In extreme winter conditions, that winter mode feature works great in preventing loss of traction when you're sitting bumper to bumper and everyone stopped for a light on a slope.

4-wheel works good too; but I've had better results using the winter mode in stop/go situations, which really is it's only purpose.
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Postby Adwer » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:25 am

We are use winter tires when the snow and ice. This is the only way to drive safely. Winter tires and four-wheel drive. No electronics.
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Postby XeNoMoRpH » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:56 am

Also, according to the owner's manual for a 96, the winter drive disengages after 19mph.

I'm not sure if the manual mentions anything, but can this be used in correlation to 4WD Low?
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