Automotive Glossary

Shift-On-The-Fly

Shift-On-The-Fly

Older-style part-time Four-Wheel drive systems sometimes required drivers to stop and lock the front hubs before engaging four-wheel drive. Most SUVs now have automatic locking front hubs and the ability to shift "on-the-fly" (at speed) from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. However, many limit the speed at which this can be done (usually less than 50 mph and sometimes as low as 15 mph), and many still require the driver to stop and back up to fully disengage Four-Wheel drive.

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