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Got mt 4x4 stuck... only one front wheel turning

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by DrivingInstructor, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Mar 9, 2009 at 6:10 AM
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    DrivingInstructor

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    Hi,

    Yes, I got my truck stuck.... it was in about 1.5 feet of crappy cristalized snow.....but what I noticed is that ony one of the 2 front wheels were spinning.

    The now packed down and turned into intant ice.... and I could not move the heavy snow = stuck! lol


    Is this normal for only one of the 2 front wheels to turn?

    Thanks ahead of time!:(
    http://www.thedrivingschool.ca/Truck.htm
     
  2. Mar 9, 2009 at 6:19 AM
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    tdm156

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    Sounds like you were in 4 high
     
  3. Mar 9, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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    Yes its normal, I think its because of the mechanical limited slip, but not for sure on that. Chris4x4 where ya at???
     
  4. Mar 9, 2009 at 6:22 AM
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    I believe thats how the 4x4 works. You have the electronic locker in the rear which makes both tires spin, but in the front the truck doesnt have that, so only 1 would spin.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2009 at 6:26 AM
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    Thanks............ and it took me a bit of shoveling but man... my poor ego.. lol
     
  6. Mar 9, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    front diff is "open", unless you install a locker, or LS diff, then when one tire looses traction, all the torque goes to the spinning tire. Both tires need traction for them to both get power.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    knowledge downloaded :thumbsup:
     
  8. Mar 9, 2009 at 7:20 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    lol......:d
     
  9. Mar 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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  10. Mar 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM
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    I have the basic (i would say above average) knowledge but this is why we have this forum.......... to help and educate everyone!



     
  11. Mar 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM
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    No need to be insulting. If his username were 4x4Instructor then your comment might be valid. Most driving instructors I've know teach in cars, not 4x4s.
     
  12. Mar 9, 2009 at 3:07 PM
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    +1- 6 posts in is no time to be getting flippant.


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  13. Mar 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM
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    i teach kids to drive as a side job...certified by the state of SC to do so...

    we cover absolutely NOTHING about the differences between an open diff/LS/Locked
     
  14. Mar 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM
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    And by the way.......I got stuck while I was driving..lol And we do talk about 4x4 in the truck but in a real general way.. like never drive it in 4x4 on dry or wet pavement....... diference between locking hubs and shit on the fly..... traction...... 2x4 and 4x4 demos........ rear wheel power skids.....

    The kids love it......... I don't love having to fill it every 2 days.. lol

    :p

     
  15. Mar 10, 2009 at 5:29 PM
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    Sorry, that did came out more flippant then I intended. It is not at all uncommon to see LSDs in cars and sometime full lockers and spools. It makes a huge difference on how the car behaves in poor traction conditions (hydroplaning, ice/snow, etc.), just as driving a FWD car sometimes requires a completely different style in emergency situations then RWD. For the vast majority of people open diffs are actually the better choice as they tend to be more forgiving and predicable on-road then any of the locker choices. I took driver training as a kid too and I didn't learn anything about this area either. I had to take up wheeling years latter before I learned what any of the differences were. Sorry I didn't mean my comment to be personal, I guess I just meant that I would have expected the certification to have enough depth that one could at least explain if asked.

    Anyway now that you know a little more about how things work mechanically if you are curious you should borrow a friends vehicle and try things like braking on ice, or cornering hard w/ the locker engaged (hint: I suggest a large parking lot)

    Wiki Is weak, I was in a hurry. This should be a little better.
    http://auto.howstuffworks.com/differential.htm
     
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