How do you engage 4WD in a Honda CR-V?

I’m not sure how to engage the 4WD in my Honda CR-V, but winter is right around the corner! I want to make sure I’m safe when driving in the snow.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
While it’s great you’re thinking ahead, you shouldn’t have to do anything to engage the 4WD in a
Honda CR-V
Your CR-V’s 4WD will engage automatically if you start
slipping on ice
or snow.
If your CR-V is from 2011 or earlier, you have a hydraulic system, meaning that there are two different pumps for the front and rear wheels. If the two pumps become unsynced, the difference between them activates a multi-disc clutch that splits the torque between the front and rear wheels.
If your CR-V is from 2012 or newer, you have a computer monitor that switches your car into 4WD if it detects any slipping.
Since you’re taking steps to prepare for winter now, make sure you have the right car insurance coverage with the
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