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The truck makes a real loud clank when the tires are turned fully

I drove my truck and it drove ten feet and the front wheels locked up it wasnt the caliper i dont think

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  • lakenshideou May 29, 2009

    the truck is a 95 gmc sierra 4x4 and thanks for helping me it has me baffled i think it the truck moved forward like normal for about 10 ft and then the front wheels locked up on it. I jacked up both tires and both tires spun freely which leads me to believe its not the caliper sticking. I then pumped the brakes on the truck and heard a clunk and the truck drove just fine. the back tires would spin when i tried to go when the front tires where locked.

  • aaron johnson May 11, 2010

    is this Gmc a four Wheel Drive??

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Check for binding axle end joints and if you have been off roading, you may want to check the spider gears in the front differential.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    4x4?

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Check caliper pistons

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