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96 chev s-10 rearend

One wheel spins the other does not. brakes r not stuck and the axle is fine. any ideas? my e is thanx to ya, if u can help!

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    LAYNRAIL May 11, 2010

    do you mean when its jacked off the ground? is it hard to turn or wont turn?


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This is normal for an open differential.The tire with the least resistance will spin. Check your glove box options code list and look for G80, this is the option for limited slip diff.

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