How Does the 4-Wheel Drive Work on a 2006 Ford Explorer?


The Ford Explorer, a full-size SUV available in four-wheel drive, was introduced in 1990. Although 4WD can provide a fun off-road experience, it is a feature that should be used with caution. Failing to recognize how and when to expertly operate the system may result in injury.


  • The 2006 Explorer is equipped with 4WD auto, high and low settings. Used in normal and highway driving, 4WD auto provides power to all four wheels. Intended for icy or snow conditions, the 4WD high setting provides extra traction to each wheel, while 4WD low is intended for off-road or towing conditions where extra power is needed.


  • You can select 4WD auto or high while driving at any forward speed, however, you cannot perform this operation if rear wheels are slipping. 4WD low must be activated while the vehicle is at a complete stop. While stopping, press the brake, put the transmission in neutral, then activate the 4WD low option.


  • When in a 4WD mode, the 4WD indicator should be illuminated on the dash. Do not use 4WD high or low on dry or hard roads, because it may create excessive noise, cause tire wear and/or damage your 4WD components. Although the Explorer is equipped with off-road capabilities, avoid driving through deep water, because it will damage your transmission.

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