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My wife drove my 99 tahoe with the 4 wheel [4hi] engaged at highway speed,is that going to cause any damage to transmission.

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I own a 1996 and it's manual says you can shift on the fly with no problem.........if there was a noise accompanying the shift to 4hi i would be concerned but if it just went in and you were able to shift it out with no problems i would not worry
hope this gives you a little peace of mind!

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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