Front wheels binding in 4 wheel drive

Front wheels binding in 4 wheel drive


Woodbridge, VA

#1 Sep 29, 2006
When in 4 High and making a left-hand turn out of my driveway, the driver's front wheel binds up and won't hardly turn. When confronted about this at a Chevy dealership, I was told that was normal. "Since that wheel is barely turning and the other wheel is turning faster because of turning left, that tends to "bind up" the driver's wheel when in 4-wheel drive."

I can almost see that happening, but it still doesn't sit right with me. Is, infact, that normal?

Chelsea, Canada

#2 Mar 23, 2009
hello, i have a 2006 chevy my truck does the same thing but left or right. I don't think it normal either. I had a 2003 and it never did this ...

Detroit, MI

#3 Nov 9, 2009
This is perfectly normal on most 4x4's. It is as you guessed, one wheel turning faster the the other.

The truck is telling you it has too much traction to be in 4 wheel. Its the same reason why the instructions to engage 4 wheel drive states to only use in real snowy/muddy/slippery terrain, the wheel thats binding will just slide in the conditions it was designed for and you won't notice it binding.

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