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I have a 1996 GMC truck two wheel drive. When it is placed in gear the shaft spins but the wheel do not turn.

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Sounds like the gearset in the rear differential has gone bad. Either teeth on the ring and/or the pinion gear are probably missing. Either way the rear end will probably have to be rebuilt. Hope this helps

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It sounds like you have a broken axle . in park jack up one rear wheel at a time and try to turn it . the broken one will turn the other shouldnt . take off the cover and vissually inspect i have seen the spider gears go as well .

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