Four wheel drive question!
I'll start off with I grew up in the northeast (Upstate New York) so I've driven in snow before. However, I've lived the last 16 years in Southern California or Arizona. I bought my FJ this summer wanting a four wheel drive for this winter, I now live in Vermont.
Last Friday we got 3 inches of wet snow, on my way home from work I put the FJ in 4 Hi and headed out. On 3 separate instances the FJ lost traction and spun in a 180 and put me in the ditch on the opposite side of the road, i was traveling at about 30 to 35 MPH. I easily pulled out of the ditches and was able to turn around and continue on safely, but to say I was rattled is an understatement. I still have the stock highway tires that come on the FJ from the factory but that shouldn't cause the FJ to loose traction that bad in 4 Hi.
I drive a Chevy Tahoe at work and just use the Auto 4X4 and have absolutely no problems, why was my FJ skidding out of control like it was.
Anyone from a cold snowy climate please help, I'm planning on getting new tires as soon as the budget allows, but we're forecasted to get snow soon.