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Knobbyman
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9/04/2001
11:36:44

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I just got this truck and wanted to check with you guys and see what u think. When I'm in 4x2 everything's cool on steering but when I go into 4x4 hi or low I can't turn my wheel near as far and it feels like the engine is choking because it doesn't have enough power.. Is this normal or should I have the dealer look @ it while it's still under warrantee?



Hawkeye
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9/04/2001
14:28:58

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You are probably just feeling feedback from having the front axle turning. It will want to try and make the tires go straight a little. Just give it a little more gas and see if it does ok. If it continues or gets worse, it wont hurt to let the dealer look at it just to make sure.

'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
33x12.50 Pro Comp X-T's

Robert
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9/04/2001
16:12:42

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I don't want to insult your intelligence, but you are driving off-road right (NOT on pavement)?



knobbyman
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9/04/2001
16:25:13

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I try everything in a controled environment that I know & have been to before. Both on road & flat dirt it does the same thing.



RJKobbeman
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9/05/2001
13:44:10

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On pavement, or any surface that does not let the tires slip, will cause problems. When you are in lock, both the front and rear drive-lines (drive shafts) are locked with each other (i.e., they turn together). In a straight line, this is not a problem. In corners (because the front drive shaft needs to turn at a different speed than the rear) something has to give. Normally, in a non-locked situation (drive shafts are NOT locked) the drive shafts will turn at different speeds... and all of the tires roll smoothly across the road. In a locked situation, the tires have to give because the drive lines are locked. In dirt, the tires give pretty easy and you really don't notice it... unless you are turning sharp at a reall slow speed. The better the tires grip the surface (e.g., pavement) the harder it is on your vehicle because the tires do not want to slip on the road. Eventually, something will wear and/or break... if you stay in lock on the dry road.

Now, if you have a full-time transfer case, you can be in 4hi (full-time) without any problems. But, once you go into 'lock', you are in the same situation as stated above.

To answer your original question, you are probably experiencing normal conditions... especially if it 'smooths-out' when you go straight. Just be carefull of the surface you drive on in lock (meaning dirt is fine... but stay off of the blacktop/cement).

Rob

Knobbyman
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9/06/2001
07:52:30

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WHOO HOO!! thanks that was starting to worry me ;-) thanks guys.



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