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Rear wheels dont turn when i put van in drive. just drag on pavement. front wheel drive (2003, pontiac montana)

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Sounds like someone has applied emergency brake, and it has not released for one reason or another. try applying e-brake, just until you feel it resist, then go another inch or so and release it. Keep trying to see if it will let go. Perhaps putting vehicle in neutral and try rocking it backwards will help also.

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I have a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado and and when I put it in 4 wheel drive it makes a sounds like something is dragging


It could be the transfer case that engages the front drive, the drive shaft universal joints to the front, the front differential, or the self-locking hubs. The hard part is to figure out where the sound is coming from because it only will make the noise when driving.
It would be really unsafe to jack up the whole vehicle to run it without wheels on the ground. Probably best to take it into a repair place that will give you a quote, they may accurately tell you what's wrong. you don't have to have it fixed there.

If you are trying to run it on dry pavement, then something will be dragging although it's unlikely you'll hear it. Virtually all part time 4 wheel drive systems (not to be confused with all wheel drive or full time 4 wheel drive) make the front wheels turn just a bit faster than the rear. You will also notice that the vehicle jerks going around short corners like at a stop sign. In both cases the wheels are fighting each other trying to go at different speeds.

Oct 09, 2016 | Chevrolet Cars & Trucks

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Why does my 4 wheel drive not work all the time?


Elaine,

not work, do tell what makes you think it dont work (a lamp) or tires slipping or dead tires. (by tires mean that and traction)??????????

what mode fails, of the many, and where.???????



first off, we dont know what your tires are touching.

on road, or off road. pavement or ICE or snow.

that matters big time . (you read manual and match MODE to Road)

your lost operators guide explains all that, right?

eg: how and when to use, 4wd, its all there. I promise.

ControlTrac 4-wheel-drive system



here are the mode. which one , gives you problems.



quote ford with comments.



What are the modes, and how do they differ?

(note this is the operational behavior of a 2008 Ford Expedition. Newer and older Expeditions will vary only slightly)



2H 2-wheel-drive with high range gearing (1.00:1) Rear-wheel-drive capability,

2-wheel electronic traction control system is enabled



4A 4-wheel-drive Auto with high range gearing (1.00:1) Full-time all-wheel-drive capability, ((best on pavement or any time)

Electronically adjusted torque split to front & rear wheels, Electronically variable center differential,

Front driveshaft & rear primary driveshaft allowed rotational speed difference,

4-wheel electronic traction control system is enabled



4H 4-wheel-drive with high range gearing (1.00:1) Part-time 4-wheel-drive capability, (not for dry pavement EVER)

Continuous 50/50 torque split to front & rear wheels, Electronically locked center differential,

Front driveshaft & rear primary driveshaft mechanically locked with no rotational speed difference,

4-wheel electronic traction control system is enabled



4L 4-wheel-drive with low range gearing (2.64:1) Part-time 4-wheel-drive capability, (off road usage, mostly)

Continuous 50/50 torque split to front & rear wheels, Electronically locked center differential,

Front driveshaft & rear primary driveshaft mechanically locked with no rotational speed difference,

4-wheel electronic traction control system is enabled, ESC and RSC are disabled



In 4A mode the center differential is electronically-controlled and rear drive wheel bias. The on-board computer monitors for any sign of rear drive wheel slip (loss of traction)

If loss of traction is detected, the center differential is told to send a share of the engine\'s torque to the front drive wheels. It will not let the front driveshaft turn at the same speed as the rear driveshaft.



What about traction management?

1997-2002 model Ford Expeditions offered an optional limited-slip rear differential (LSD). A conventional open rear differential was standard along with the conventional open front differential and the electronic locking center differential.

comment with out LSD, one tire can spin, on say ice.

but the other 3 tires dont, in full time.

Jul 04, 2014 | 2003 Ford Expedition

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Lost right front wheel while driving. no studs in hub. wheels very rusty. what caused studs to come out?


now you have to replace hub bearing to put wheel back.I pull out 95 chevy hub bearing still OK.

Feb 24, 2013 | 2003 Pontiac Montana

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2005 Kia Sorento - in 4 wheel drive, on dry pavement, going slow in forward, turning a corner to the left the rear drivers side wheel tries going in reverse and when turning right the passenger side wheel...


Hi,
Yes, this is normal while in four wheel drive on pavement.
I will try and explain why.
In four wheel drive the front and rear drive axles are linked together by a chain in the transfer case and gears in both axles. This is a direct link with very little play between the front and rear axles.
When cornering a rear wheel will spin faster, or slower depending on the direction of the turn. this causes a binding in the drive line because the drive line wants all the wheels to turn at the same speed. So the wheel "skipping" going in reverse, is the drive lines way of compensating for the different speed of the wheels turning.
Never should a four wheel drive be used on dry pavement. I could cause a break in one of the drive line components. On a slippery surface , snow, mud, gravel, grass, There is enough slippage in the surface to aloow the driveline to compensate for the different speeds of tire rotation.
So do not try at highway speeds on dry pavement.
Your four wheel drive system is working just fine.
Wayne

Jun 21, 2011 | 2005 Kia Sorento

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Hello, when i put my 01 dodge ram into 4 wheel drive it kind of hops along when you turn the wheel. is this normal of a 4x4 to do. if not could you please tell me what you think it might be.


This is normal, as most 4x4s do not have a center differential. This will cause the wheels to try and spin at the same speed front to rear and as the front wheels will cover more ground than the rear wheels in a turn, they will drag a little bit. I highly do not recommend using 4 wheel drive on pavement due to this, as it will eventually damage the front differential and will drastically accelerate tire wear.

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I have a 2000 Pontiac Montana. When i go throw water my abs light comes on and stays on untill i turn off the van. I let it sit a few mins when i turn the van back on the light is off. Do you think that...


There are 3 connectors for the abs system on the front that can get water into them if the seal is missing. 2 of them are at the wheels, the 3rd is on the frame behind the drivers side wheel. Check them and make sure the rubber seal is in tact. I doubt that it would be on the rear. But there are 2 connectors in front of the rear wheels there also.

Mar 03, 2011 | 2000 Pontiac Montana

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2000 Pontiac Montana Making a Loud Vibrating Noise in Back End


If you have a front wheel drive and not a AWD montana, it could be a bad wheel bearing or a brake shoe that may have broken loose.
Most likely it's going to be a bad rear wheel bearing and it takes less then 2 hours to replace. You can pick up the wheel bearing at Auto Zone or Parts Source for around $170.00 and they have all the instructions for you to do thew job your self if you like.
Tool's you will need: Jack Stand Ratchet with a 1/2 socket and extention Large screw driver 5 pound hammer Lock tight
To check if it is your bearing, try shaking the van from Side to side from the wheel. Listen and feel for any play, the bearing it self is sealed and the bearing my have gone dry.
Good luck and hope this helps. Oh you do not have to remove the brakes to do this job and use the screw driver from the top to split the bearing from the brake housing after you hammer it free from the Axle.

May 04, 2009 | 2006 Pontiac Montana

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2003 Pontiac Montana Front Wheel Bearings


Remove the wheel, remove the hub nut, remove the brake caliper and rotor, put your socket and extension through the hub flange onto the bearing retainer bolts, undo them, release the abs sensor connector if it has it, remove the bearing and hub flange as an assembly, put the new one on and go backwards from here. Torque the hub nut to 180 ft/lbs, your done.

Apr 08, 2009 | 2003 Pontiac Montana

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2003 pontiac montana makes a whaping sound in the front end


Check your outer c/v joints...a dead giveaway is a tear in the outer boot.

Mar 21, 2009 | 2003 Pontiac Montana

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