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4x4 Drivetrain 4x4 Repairs & Problems

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Old 03-29-2018, 12:21 PM
BigBenRainier BigBenRainier is offline
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Front Driveshaft 2004 Rainier

I'm having binding problems when making turns, kind of like my AWD is stuck in low or something.

I was told that I could remedy this by removing the front driveshaft, basically making my Rainier RWD.

any advice on this is welcome.

Thanks
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Old 03-29-2018, 02:52 PM
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Sounds like the transfer case is putting too much drive torque to the front drive train when it isn't needed. When was the transfer case fluid changed last? It needs to be changed every 50K miles.

This could also be caused by a stuck encoder motor.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:52 PM
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Fluid was changed about 50k ago...tried to reset encoder motor to no avail
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:59 PM
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My 2003 Trailblazer EXT locked up while driving on interstate after using the 4x4 earlier that morning. Was able to get it to a close by dealer and had the front drive shaft and both output shafts removed after being told the front differential was seizing. Drove it home 5 hours that day and for several years afterward with no problems.
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