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I have been driving off road sand for decades on the fine sand of the east end of Long Island. Yesterday I stopped to help someone that stuck in the sand
without using my DS to help.
I then proceeded to leave after this vehicle was able to get going. Knowing that the sand was so difficult due to the extreme heat I lowered my tires to 15 lbs.
For some crazy reason my transmission left the sand mode and was not able to go into sand mode and I found myself in a hell of a mess.

Does anyone have an explanation for why this happened? It cost me money and I also had the worst case of heat exhaustion I have ever experienced.
 

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I have been driving off road sand for decades on the fine sand of the east end of Long Island. Yesterday I stopped to help someone that stuck in the sand
without using my DS to help.
I then proceeded to leave after this vehicle was able to get going. Knowing that the sand was so difficult due to the extreme heat I lowered my tires to 15 lbs.
For some crazy reason my transmission left the sand mode and was not able to go into sand mode and I found myself in a hell of a mess.

Does anyone have an explanation for why this happened? It cost me money and I also had the worst case of heat exhaustion I have ever experienced.


What's the sand mode? You mean sport mode ?
 

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I have been driving off road sand for decades on the fine sand of the east end of Long Island. Yesterday I stopped to help someone that stuck in the sand
without using my DS to help.
I then proceeded to leave after this vehicle was able to get going. Knowing that the sand was so difficult due to the extreme heat I lowered my tires to 15 lbs.
For some crazy reason my transmission left the sand mode and was not able to go into sand mode and I found myself in a hell of a mess.

Does anyone have an explanation for why this happened? It cost me money and I also had the worst case of heat exhaustion I have ever experienced.
My sister and brother in law are locals of Amagansett/East Hamton town ship, The Discovery Sport has large rims and small wall tires maybe that has something to do with the issue, maybe you deflated them to the point were the computer thought it had flats and it could not be driven properly, When sand is extremely hot you must air down, you are right about that. My cousin who has a LR2 2012 got also stuck at the beach there, due to small wall tires. I have driven my LR3 in the California dessert for hrs. I had 18" wheels with 255 60 18's Nitto Terra Grapplers AT's and it was 112F and had no issues without airing down much. Have LR South Hampton check it out.
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What's the sand mode? You mean sport mode ?

I think we all know that the S on the dial means sport and not sand, wouldn't that be convenient for me using the sand as much as I do.

Terrain mode is in a different place, covers mud, gravel, sand etc.
 

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I think we all know that the S on the dial means sport and not sand, wouldn't that be convenient for me using the sand as much as I do.

Terrain mode is in a different place, covers mud, gravel, sand etc.
I used Sand mode when on sand no issues on my 2005 LR3 and it still works very well for a 14 year old truck.
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My sister and brother in law are locals of Amagansett/East Hamton town ship, The Discovery Sport has large rims and small wall tires maybe that has something to do with the issue, maybe you deflated them to the point were the computer thought it had flats and it could not be driven properly, When sand is extremely hot you must air down, you are right about that. My cousin who has a LR2 2012 got also stuck at the beach there, due to small wall tires. I have driven my LR3 in the California dessert for hrs. I had 18" wheels with 255 60 18's Nitto Terra Grapplers AT's and it was 112F and had no issues without airing down much. Have LR South Hampton check it out.
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Thank you Dave for a very good reply. then the question to be answered is that by me airing down to 15 lbs for a extra precaution would be a factor for my vehicle leaving sand mode and not allowing me back into it. I believe this would be a difficult question to be answered.
In my time off roading I have helped many out of situations and always have the best tools for this purpose. I would never assist anyone with my DS but have in the past with all of my 4Runners which were all sport with 4wheel, truck chassis and 4 wheel Low.
See you on the sand and thank you for an excellent answer.

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Thank you Dave for a very good reply. then the question to be answered is that by me airing down to 15 lbs for a extra precaution would be a factor for my vehicle leaving sand mode and not allowing me back into it. I believe this would be a difficult question to be answered.
In my time off roading I have helped many out of situations and always have the best tools for this purpose. I would never assist anyone with my DS but have in the past with all of my 4Runners which were all sport with 4wheel, truck chassis and 4 wheel Low.
See you on the sand and thank you for an excellent answer.

Joe
You can compare a newer 4Runner to an LR3 and Jeep Commander, but not to the DS. An LR3 V8 as is, is off road ready. Maybe you can find some rims that are smaller and put taller tires on the DS that won't rub for driving on hot sand. On the LR3 you can fit 265 65 18's without needing a lift, some fit 275 65 18's by adding a lift. Don't know what would be the tallest tire you could put on a DS with the rims you have so you can then deflate for sand driving. As you know the DS in an entry level LR. It's a well made concept, it's also the re-named LR2/Freelander. The LR3 is a Discovery 3 in Europe.
Dave
 
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