Question about 1998 Chevrolet K1500
Is my truck stuck in 4 wheel drive. The switch in the truck dosen't light up any more. when in drive the right front side dips downward and feels like it's dragging. I noticed that the center bolt was loose and tighted it back but nothing changed.
Does it feel like its draging when you try to back up? and what do you mean by center bolt? do you mean the big nut on axel in center of wheel? i am going to take a guess here and say its the break caliber piston, where the break pads are, is not releasing from break rotor. witch means its like you got the breaks on. jack wheel off the ground and see if you can spin the wheel by hand. if you cannot spin it that might be it. you also said you tighten axel nut (at least i think thats what you ment)tells me maybe something else is going on here like axel bearing is tied up witch can happen too. when you get wheel off ground and it will not turn by hand pull wheel off and try to push caliber piston back in with a large screwdriver wedge it between the pad and rotor. sould go back fairly easy, you don't have to go back a whole lot just anought to get a gap between rotor and pad then see if you can turn it, if not then it must be wheelbearing. if wheel turns after you do this than caliber is bad and needs replaced. its not stuck in 4x4 even if it was it would not be doing what you discribed.hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
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