Differential limited slip or locking differential?
Hi, today it was such a fun day as i when mudding "small scale"...jajajaja!.....and i wasjust driving through this big pond like spot.....it isnt a pond...but i cant explain it......ok......i drove through it thinking that i was goanna make it without using my 4X4 as i like to push my truck to the limit......so i drove fast and wham i didnt make it....then i just stop there and my wheels were spining......
and this is what came to my mind......is there anywhere in the web where a can get a limited slip differential? maybe just a little longer than the factory one......."from drum brake to drum brake i mean"...i would really appreciate your help!!!.....
oooh and by the way.....then i engaged my 4X4 and i got through it...it was fun still.......
any help is appreciated....just giveme your best shot or any opinion...
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It's not going to cause "problems" per say, but it will change the gearing ration between the engine and the wheels. A higher number will give you more low end pulling power (better acceleration), and lower top speed, and, theoretically, less fuel mileage. Limited slip prevents one wheel from turning faster than the other (e.g. - spinning in mud or snow), causing the vehicle to lose traction and turn to one side.
4 wheel drive is unfortunately a bit of a myth as in 4 wd any two wheels with no traction will not move you any where
so if you have both rh side wheels slipping,
go no where
left front right rear ,
going no where
the wheel that was not turning was the only wheel that had traction but through the differential action the other wheel spun faster
now with limited slip diff centers , both wheels have to turn as the differential action locks up so yes you would be going some where.
posi traction is the same idea
vehicles that have limited slip diffs are Toyota and Nissan as standard with some Nissans having limited slip diffs in the front drive axle as well
now if you are doing a lot of 4wd driving in adverse conditions , you need to have locker diff centers ( available from off road shops ) as they physically lock the diff actions ( with the flick of a switch) with the result if all 4 wheels are spinning and you are not moving , your stuck but if one wheel has traction you keep moving
limited slip differentials are so designed that when one axle looses traction the pressure is applied through the side gears to lock up diff so that both wheels have to turn. If it slips in reverse then in will slip going forward . I would be inclined to look for a reverse gear problem in the gear box/ transmission. If it is an auto check for reverse solenoid operation.
Technically you do not have 4 wheel drive, you have two wheel drive (possibly three-wheel drive). When you engage 4WD you direct power to the front and rear differentials. The front differential is an open style which means that only one wheel will drive, and the rear differential is likely the same type which means that you will only have two wheels driving the vehicle (one front, one rear). If the rear differential is a "posi-trac" or "limited-slip", then both axles should lock and drive the vehicle (hence, three-wheel drive), but this style differential is not as common as it once was.
The gears in the axels are open type - meaning they drive the wheel with the least amount of traction, most often right rear and left front wheels. Some of the rear axels were fitted with a limited slip type that would drive both wheels.
000 DODGE TRUCKS DURANGO 5.9L 8-cyl Engine Code [Z] Limited Slip Differential, Rear 8.25-9.25 W/ TT......GL-5* All TEMPS......75W-140 Standard Differential, Rear 8.25-9.25 W/ TT......GL-5 All TEMPS......75W-140 Limited Slip Differential, Rear 8.25-9.25 W/O TT......GL-5* All TEMPS......75W-90 Standard Differential, Rear 8.25-9.25 W/O TT......GL-5 All TEMPS......75W-90 Note:Trak-Lok axles require Mopar limited slip additive limited slip additive 04318060 or equivalent Differential, With 7.25 RingGear Rear..........1.4 liters Fill no higher then 3/4 inch below plug hole. Differential, With 8.25 RingGear Rear..........2.1 liters Fill no higher then 1/4 inch below plug hole. Differential, With 9.25 RingGear Rear..........2.3 liters Fill no higher then 5/8 inch below plug hole. Thank you for using fixya and good luck
Thats odd. It would make more since if the front tires were grabbing. If there are NO signs that you are stuck in 4x4, then you may have a limited slip differential installed in the rear chunk. Normally when you turn a corner the inside when spins slower than the outside; the problem with that is when you get stuck, the differential acts like you are turning and sends all of the power to one wheel. So sometimes for traction, a limited slip differential is installed, so that when one of your tires starts to spin out, the differential locks up and sends power to both wheels. It is only supposed to do that when you are spinning a tire in the mud, or peeling out. But, sometimes the limited slip gets a little unlimited and needs to have new oil, or be replaced. You may also have a full locker, which is engaged by air or electric signal by a switch(sometimes the 4x4 switch), and it could be locked up. Either way, if they are locked up, when you turn both wheels will turn the same speed and you will know it. It could also be a brake problem. It would serve you best to have a proffessional look at it, as a brake problem is always a serious problem. Good luck!