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Using the 4x4

For the first time, I used my expedition in 4 hi during a snow storm. I didn't
have a problem with it, but it smelled kinda hot, is this normal or is it
cause the previous owner never used the 4x4 option?

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Was the 'hot smell' inside or outside the expedition? Was engine temp in normal range?
I would check transfer case and front axle levels and transmission also, to make sure everything is at proper level, as these items are often not checked at all, or not often.

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