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If your left front DOES spin in four wheel drive, you may not have a limited slip or posi-traction differential. What this means is, only one wheel in the front will assist, not both.

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4X4 actually provides power to the front 2, and the back 2.
Unless the back has limited slip or posi-track, if 1 wheel spins, the other will not turn.
Since the front wheels have to turn at different rates to accomodate turning radius differences, there is (usually) to limited slip on the front differential, so if one wheel spins, the other will not turn.
So, if you have one front wheel spinning at the same time as one back wheel is spinning, and you don't have posi-trac, you're stuck.
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check actuator for the 4wd action (vacuum lines and switch operation ) remember that 4wd only occurs when all 4 wheels have traction so if you jack up one wheel then it will spin because of the differential action . Basically if you have a normal 4wd vehicle with out LSD diffs or diff lockers then if you have both drivers wheels in the bog you will not be going any where as they will spin because of the diff action. The same is for when you have say a right front and left rear wheel off the ground then you will go nowhere as they will be spinning.

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hope that helps you
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The Selectable Four Wheel Drive (S4WD) Front Axle consist of the following components:
• Differential Carrier Housing
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• Intermediate Shaft Bearing Assembly (located on the right side of the oil pan)
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