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Rearend or transfer case

I got to my destination and discovered smoke coming from behind wheel on rear driver side.when my boyfriend test drove it to listen and see if it was making noise,the wheels locked up and vehicle would not move.

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Sounds like you "had" a leaking rear-end.....and now u have a blown out ceased rear-end.....either you can have it rebuilt or have a new on put on....what caused the smoke was probably the fluid got low because of the leak causing the bearings in the rear-end assembly to heat up real bad and cease causing the truck to lock up the tires....lemme know what happens

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Connect PIN 13 on the data link cable (DLC) to a ground. The DLC is located in the cab under the instrument panel on the driver's side.
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