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Old 03-21-2010, 11:51 AM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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Clunking when turning steering wheel in 4 wheel drive?

I have a strange problem I need your help with. 03 Dmax 4x4. The transfer case was rebuilt 1500 mile ago. This is the first time I have used the 4 wheel drive.

When the truck is in 4hi and when I'm turning right or left ie( turning to park or making a 90 degree turn) the truck feels like it has a jerks or has a ratching sensation in the front wheels. My race car has a spool rear end and it feels the same. It almost feels like something is broken or is bound as it takes a lot of power to turn. There is no noise or vibration etc when driving straight in 4hi or small turns. No problem when the truck is in 2 wheel drive. What can the problem be?
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:55 AM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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Thats normal when in 4 wheel drive on a hard surface.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:07 PM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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I have never had a 4 x 4 before. Before I bought this truck I tested another truck and when it was in 4hi it was smooth and turned sharply without any issues or hard jerking sensations. Maybe the other truck had a broken 4 x 4 so it did not create the clunk/jerk feeling.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:14 PM   eBay Motors  #4 (permalink)
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Definitely normal on dry ground.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:16 PM   eBay Motors  #5 (permalink)
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yeah, as far as i know all 4x4's do this. my old 3/4 ton ford did the same thing.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:33 PM   eBay Motors  #6 (permalink)
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It is normal. But, it is not good. If you are dry pavement, do not use 4 wheel drive. Only use it when the tires can spin a bit to take the bind out of the drive line. (e.g. soft dirt, snow, Ice, etc.)
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Yes, every 4x4 I have owned has done this. Normal.
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:27 PM   eBay Motors  #8 (permalink)
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Okay, thanks guys. Makes me feel much better. I was thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts. Mostly shoot the truck but then I'd have to buy another one................lol
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:27 PM   eBay Motors  #9 (permalink)
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I have never had a 4 x 4 before. Before I bought this truck I tested another truck and when it was in 4hi it was smooth and turned sharply without any issues or hard jerking sensations. Maybe the other truck had a broken 4 x 4 so it did not create the clunk/jerk feeling.
did this other truck have a full time 4wd or automatic 4wd option, this would explain the smooth turn it had. the duramax doesn't have these options.
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experiences a clunking when ''turning 90 degrees''in 4 hi.........
It's gonna do that man,a 4x4 cannot turn on a dime especially on hard surfaces......
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