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Has anyone had their 2016 Colorado shift into 4WD on its own. A couple of times since I bought the truck in December, it seems to have done this. Just this weekend we were in Bar Harbor Maine and on Saturday the steering felt strange and was noisy on tight turns. When getting out of the truck I noticed the knob was turned to 4WD. I know I didn't do it, by mistake or otherwise, and my knee is a good 6-8 inches from the knob.

Anyone else notice this?
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Big complaint here is the ease of accidentally hitting the knob entering and exiting.
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I am only 6 feet tall but I have never hit that drive selector knob getting in and out of the truck...am I doing it wrong???
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Has anyone had their 2016 Colorado shift into 4WD on its own. A couple of times since I bought the truck in December, it seems to have done this. Just this weekend we were in Bar Harbor Maine and on Saturday the steering felt strange and was noisy on tight turns. When getting out of the truck I noticed the knob was turned to 4WD. I know I didn't do it, by mistake or otherwise, and my knee is a good 6-8 inches from the knob.

Anyone else notice this?
I routinely hit the headlamp dial with my knee exiting the truck. I'm 6"2'. I haven't noticed hitting the 4wd selector.

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The knob can not turn on its own. I am 6'2 and have not hit the knob with my knee, but I have an extended cab which allows me to put my seat back farther than some people do with the crew cabs because of back seat passengers. I have caught myself reaching for the 4X4 knob by mistake instead of the light switch to turn the lights on manually during foggy mornings since both are hidden by the steering wheel and feel the same by touch. I have also turn the light knob when I wanted to activate Autotrac. That is another poor subject discussed in another thread to great length.
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I'm 5'8" and I hit the knob getting into the truck about once a month or so. Luckily, the truck won't shift into 4WD just by hitting the knob when the truck isn't running yet. I will often notice that the knob is in the 4 hi or 4 lo position but the transfer case isn't engaged yet. That's how I know I bumped it getting into the truck.

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I've hit it when getting in or out a few times. I make it part of my "startup" routine to make sure the knob is in 2wd before I start going.

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Yea, hitting the knob with your knee can happen. I actually discovered once in my 14 months of ownership that I must have hit the knob with my knee while getting in or out. While I was still in 2WD the knob was pressed inside the dash. I had to fish it out with my knife a pop it back into place.

So, I could see brushing up against it turning it to 4WD.
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Possibly turning the 4x4 knob instead of the light switch when going from AUTO to On? There is no difference in the knobs.
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Another 6'2" and have never hit light switch or 4x4 switch with my anatomy on either my 2015 or 2017. The knob is out of my vision and with no dash indicator I pay particular attention to insure it is in 2wd position.

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I am only 6 feet tall but I have never hit that drive selector knob getting in and out of the truck...am I doing it wrong???
No idea how people are doing this either. It has never happened to me.

I'm 6'1" if it matters.
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No idea how people are doing this either. It has never happened to me.

I'm 6'1" if it matters.
Only thing I can think of is, if you have your seat slid all the way forward so you can steer with your nipples.
I've accidentally gotten into my wife's car, forgetting to first move the seat back, and have hit my knees on the dash, wheel, fricken turn signal, washer stalk.
A buddy of mine used to have a Lotus Elise and one time I drove it. Hey-Seuss Cristo, I think I even turned on the radio and heater with my knees trying to get in and out of that gawdamn thing

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