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AWD on the beach in Corolla Area

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AWD on the beach in Corolla Area

Another issue with AWDs versus 4WDs is that most all 4WDs have a low range gear. The low range is definitely needed in the soft sands for the off ramps. You could do significant damage to your drive train trying to negotiate soft sand in high range.

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Before driving on the beach, do check out Facebook for Oregon Inlet Idiots. Recent photos of vehicles that really should not be driven on the beach, and what can happen if someone drives them on the beach anyway.

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This is a great statement about all wheel drives that were produced 10 years ago. Time marches on. As an example a 5th generation Explorer has a terrain management system that was developed in conjunction with Rover when Ford owned them. Selecting "Sand Mode" will automatically set the transmission to higher shifts and cut off the traction control system. This allows for a much more adept platform for traversing sand. As far as hurting the drive line components, a modern system will continuously monitor the components for issues and should a particular component reach the edge of its capabilities the system will put it into "limp mode" while presenting the error to the driver, so they know they need to let the system cool down before continuing. Compare that to the old days when you could burn a $5k tranny before you knew it. Finally modern system tend to be unibodies rather than frame on body, resulting in a vehicle that is hundreds of pounds less, presenting much less strain on the drive train.

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You should also check to see the cost of getting a tow from the beach once your car has a mechanical issue. It is not cheap. Make sure you know where and if your car has adequate recovery points to be pulled out by a good Samaritan.

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"You should also check to see the cost of getting a tow from the beach once your car has a mechanical issue."

No matter what the vehicle's mechanical system sometimes there is no overcoming the what happens between the steering wheel and the driver's seat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87K6-tmN0ks

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