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When my car is stuck in the snow and doesnt seem to get traction only one wheel spins and not the other and its front wheel drive wouldnt both spin?


No, even a 4x4 will have only 1 wheel that will spin on each axle in this instance. It's called a floating differential. For stock vehicles with non locking differentials like you have, both cannot spin or have full power at the same time. Hard to explain on this, but picture your car making a hard right turn. Both front wheels would be spinning at different speeds because of the turn. The passenger side tire is spinning much slower than the drivers side tire, therefore if both were spinning at the same time, your tires would chirp and skip on the pavement which would eventually ruin your differential. In offroad applications, we WANT the differentials locked and turning at the same time with true 4x4. But in normal everyday vehicles, even standard stock 4x4's, only 1 tire will do the spinning per axle unless it has possitraction or full locked axle. Clear as snow?

Mar 13, 2014 | Ford Taurus Cars & Trucks

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2003 gmc envoy 4x4 problems. 4200 vortec engine. my front diff doesnt seem to be working


Look under there and see, but I think they (the hub locks) are engaged by vacuum motors.

May 18, 2017 | 2003 GMC Envoy

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Kia rio steering wheel is locked and won't turn


Okay, I just had this same problem with my 2009 Kia Rio and I did this. So not to down everyone's post on here -- everyone is correct -- by turning the steering wheel back and forth and turning the ignition key at the same time is a correct method. However, after talking to a Kia Serviceman, he told me you have to do it hard -- meaning turning it violently back and forth hard (madman style). In order to do this operation, I had my wife sit in the driver side and turn the key while I was on her left side grabbing the steering wheel and violent moving it back and forth like a madman, and after about 2mins of doing it the key turned over -- problem fixed. Do not worry about breaking anything; turning the steering wheel violently hard is a must -- this was told to me by a Kia service Rep. Remember -- have someone assist you; either turning the key or violently turning the steering wheel back and forth. Hope this works for you!!!!!

Apr 06, 2012 | 2007 Kia Rio5

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Clunking on the rear right hand side as i'm


hi.

this sounds like a worn ball joint, or bush on the suspension. it is also possible that the shock absorber has failed.

you need to check all joints and components on the vehicle to find if any are loose or broken.

if the rear wheel is spinning then it would suggest that the wheel is actually lifting off the ground as you turn. this could be a serious safety issue as handling and braking can be greatly affected.
it should be fairly easy to find the fault though as everything points to a serious amount of wear that will be quite easily seen, or a component that has actually broken.

please treat this problem as a matter of extreme urgency.

May 13, 2011 | 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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It seams that only one wheel spins. When i have one side of the truck on ice and the other side on dry pavement, the wheel on the ice spins and the truck do not move. the wheel on the dry pavement should...


unless you have a limited slip differential(which means both wheels have power from the engine to them at the same time),only one wheel will spin, and it will be the wheel that can spin the easiest.throw some sand or salt on the ice to give that wheel some traction,and you're off

Jan 17, 2010 | 2007 Mazda B3000

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Traction active what do that mean


when the wheels slip the computer detects it and reduces how fast the engine will spin to allow you to get the car moving without continuing to spin the wheels. If the light stays on even after your moving their is a malfuction in the system and it needs to be serviced. This also happens if you try to spin the tires on a hard acceleration and it will reduce the rpms so you won;t squeel the tires. Most cars have a button to turn it off (will say traction off when pressed) and will allow the wheel slippage, then its all the driver to keep the wheels from slipping..

Nov 10, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Impala

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91 suzuki side kick 4x4 manual. When I lock the hubs in, and put it into h4, the front wheels don't grab. The transfer case seems to be working fine. When I lock the passenger side hub in, you can hear the...


Hubs do quit working. Jack both front wheels off of the ground and lock the hubs but leave the transfer case in 2wd. If you spin one wheel the other should spin backwards. If not replace the hubs. If they do spin correctly, you may have a transfer case problem or a front chunk problem.

Dec 21, 2008 | 1991 Suzuki Sidekick

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