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When i have my 4 wheel drive engaged making turns

When i have my 4 wheel drive engaged making left or right turns are hard. it feels as if my wheels are refusing to move

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  • cathysams Sep 11, 2009

    this is occuring during heavy rain conditions when i engage the 4 wheel drive

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If you drive on hard surfaces, while in four wheel drive, the wheels will fight against each other. It's more noticable while turning. This is perfectly normal, but puts a lot of stress on the driveline. You should only select 4wd when driving on a slippery or soft surface. Hope this helps..

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If you are in 4WD, and not on a slippery surface, the tires may be having an effect called "scrubbing" where the tire on the outside of the turn is not rotating at the same rpms as the tire on the inside of the curve. I have noticed this on my jeep wrangler in 4wd.

Using 4wd on dry or non-slippery surfaces can cause this problem, and also will cause excessive tire wear.

Try the same manuever on a gravel road or a ice patch (it's been in 90s here in Texas, so good luck on that one) and see if it is improved.

Also, would probably expect a little more effort to steer when in 4wd because the universal joints or CV joints are not in perfect alignment during a turn.

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Cathy, what yopu are feeling a normal for your truck , simple explaination , the front wheels must travel in a larger dia circle than your rear wheeels , when you make a turn

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  • dieseldr Sep 28, 2010

    the reasoin for this : there is NO differential between the front & rear axles only a side to side dif , no front to rear diff. NOT so in an AWD vehicle

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Dont use 4wd unless your on ice or mud. it'll wreck 4wd system

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