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Mike Lackore
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8/27/2003
17:29:03

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Hi guys. Here is a weird one for ya. When I have my 2000, 3.9L, 4X4 Dakota Sport reg cab in 4 wheel drive (4 High), I get an incredible amount of binding in the front end during corners. Feels like someone left the emergency brake on!! It brings ya to a dead stop if you try to turn into a parking spot while in 4. I know some degree of binding is normal but when it causes the the wheels to skid on gravel and the clutch to smoke just trying to get it to move,..something must be wrong. Now,..I noticed this when doing fairly sharp corners and it is worst when the wheels are turned fully, of course. I don't feel much binding while in 2W...very minimal. Right now I am thinking transfer case,...it goes to the dealer tomorrow. Anyone have any ideas in the meantime? I also have the trademark balljoint clunk, and the dry throwout bearing noise as other posts have mentioned previously. All this with 39,000 miles. Suggestions?



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8/27/2003
17:36:00

RE: Binding in 4 wheel drive
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Please tell me that you`re not driving on the street in 4WD!
If you are , that`s your problem.



Kyle
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8/27/2003
17:46:14

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"Right now I am thinking transfer case..."

You should be thinking 4wd should NEVER touch pavement!



mlackore
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8/27/2003
17:47:55

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No way man...this is on dirt, grass,.. I wouldn't even think to try it on blacktop.



dal034x4
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8/29/2003
00:16:05

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Me too....even in wet grass,dirt,cats...ect...the stealer said it was the limited slip....sounds like?????



oyotaco
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9/09/2003
15:24:03

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this is supposed to happen. When your truck is in 4WD, the transfer case is locked. that means that the front and rear driveshafts are spining at the same rate. When turning it causes the front end to "stumble" which is why the owners manual states to only be in 4wd on loose surfaces. The AWD transfercase has clutches in it to allow for slippage so that the binding does not occur.



JES
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9/11/2003
07:19:09

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Clutches in the AWD t-case? I thought there was simply an open differential in there (similar to what is in the rear diff w/o a locker or lsd).



oyotaco
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9/11/2003
11:37:51

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oh sorry, they arent clutches, the NV244 transfercase (AWD) has an inter-axle differential. All you have to do is read the owners manual and this will all be explained...



David Corle S
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10/23/2017
08:59:02

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I recently rebuilt the rear differential on my
2000 Dodge Dakota Sport, now the problem i am
having is when i put it in 4WD it causes the rear
wheels to skip. Kinda acts like the front and rear
differentials are not in sync with each other.
This problem occurs on pavement or loose
dirt/gravel while driving straight.



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