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One rear wheel spins and the other does not

96 chev s-10: when i apply the throttle i often get stuck, because one of my rear wheels (driver side) does not spin. i checked to make sure the brake was not stuck on, and it wasn't, and the axle is intact. any ideas?


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Sorry but that is how a none positrac works

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Unless you have a Posi-Trac Rear end which you don't Only 1 Wheel turns. The Posi-Trac rear end is a Factory Option. You have got the Standard Option Rear end.

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