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4x4 problems i have a 2003 gmc 1500hd and it goes into four wheel drive but when im in mud or snow the back tires spin like they should but the front wheels shake like something is slipping. they hardly spin at all. im not sure if it is in the transfer case maybe. thanks

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Having four wheel drive built onto a vehicle gives traction through all four wheels, meaning that if one of the four wheels looses traction all the driving motion is directed through that spinning wheel. When driving on snow, ice or mud, gently does it all the time! Gentle acceleration and slow down using gentle gear changes. Use the brakes as little as possible. Remember if you lock up the brakes and the vehicle begins to slide you'll have no control at all! Traction control is entirely different than four wheel drive. Traction control will control any wheel which begins to slip and thereby keep you in control.
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I have a gmc sierra 1500 4wd. when I engage the 4wd and go to make a turn I hear a loud popping noise. In 2wd it does not do this. Is something wrong with the transfer case?


Alot of people are having this problem. A locked 4x4 while turning on a dry or wet surface will do this, unless it is snow or mud which allow the wheels to slip the front wheels bind and buck,clunk. Now if this is not the case then check the CV joints, jack front wheels off ground, one at a time is fine, grab wheel and wiggle all around and see if tire feels loose as it might be a bad wheel bearing hub also. I don't believe there is anything wrong with the ,transfercase. I have owned 4x4s for 31 yrs ranging from 1967 - 2003, mostly chevy (gmc) ford, and 1 dodge ram. 9 out of 10 times it is front hubs,pinion,front driveshaft. Transfercases either work or they don't,and if they don't its because it's broke and your not driving.

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I just purchased a 2003 f 250 ford 4x4. i need to know how to operate it in four wheel drive. the truck has manual hub knob on each front wheel. do i turn these to "lock" then put it in 4x4 hi?


Yes, that's how you do it.

Me, I lock 'em before it snows the first time and unlock 'em after the last snow. If I think I might spin I get out and lock them before I drive into something sloppy. It's a lot of fun watching a guy with his arm up to the elbow in mud trying to lock his hubs..

Manual locking hubs seem like a pain at first, but when you're pulling someone out of a big ol' snowdrift because their fancy hubs are broke again you'll realize that how your truck is is how it should be.

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The front differential/drive train have no way to slip in four wheel drive. When you make a tight turn the the front wheels travel a different distance than the rear wheels. on snow, ice, mud, or other off road conditions this isn't a problem because there is less friction for the tires and they just slip a little without much indication they are doing so. On dry pavement they cannot slip and cause the front drive train to bind up and eventually hop.

By the way that is not very good for the 4X4 drive train in general so unless you driving a straight line on dry pavement I wouldn't recommend using the 4x4.

In two wheel drive the front drive drain can move independent of the rear drive train so tight turns are not a problem.

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