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Re: Hard to corner when in 4H or 4L
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When I placed my Dodge 1500 4x4 truck in 4H or 4L, it is really hard to turn. When it is in 2H, it runs great. Just when it is in 4 wheel drive that it's hard to turn. It has new tires and everything. Can anyone help please?
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I'm going to assume that you are new to 4wd trucks because I read your profile and it is incomplete....no shame in being a novice, everybody is one at least once.
Your Dodge truck most probably has part time 4wd. You should not engage the 4wd (either hi or low range) on dry pavement. You could damage it.
What you are describing is what is known as driveline bind. It occurs because your front and rear drivesahfts are locked together when the 4wd mode is engaged and you try to make a turn. The driveline begins to bind because your front wheels and tires are rotating at different speeds but the driveshafts cannot. That is the grabbing and bucking you feel in the front end when turning. Going straight keeps the wheels turning all at the same speed so there is no binding then. When off road, the tires will slip slightly during a 4wd turn and the bind gets relieved.
The good news is that you probably haven't done damage to the 4wd system yet and you do know that your 4wd system does engage. Good Luck!! Remember don't use your 4wd on dry pavement. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]