4 Wheel High low power during sharp turn - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Drivetrain Tech General discussion of drivetrain for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-20-2014
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Richmond
Posts: 20
Icon4 4 Wheel High low power during sharp turn

I had to put my truck in 4 wheel the other day because of a wreck on a narrow road. I started to make a sharp turn, but when I did the truck didn't want to budge (at the sharpest point of the turn) and felt like something was holding it back. I also smelled hot brakes. When I straightened it up the problem went away. It doesn't do this at all in 2 wheel and I tried it again later in a flat parking lot and it did the same thing. I have absolutely no idea what is going on unless something is rubbing, but it should do that during all sharp turns, not just 4x4, right? Any suggestions out there?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-20-2014
IN2 FX4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Posts: 854
It is obvious you are not familiar with how the 4WD system works. What you experienced is perfectly normal. When it is in 4WD, the front and rear drives are locked together because there is no differential between them. When you turn in 4WD the front and rear drives start to bind because they are going at different speeds. The sharper you turn the more they bind. They only way it can keep going is making the tires slip. Being in 4WD on a high traction surface can damage the drive system due to the increased strain. 4WD should only be used on low traction surfaces.

AWD systems do not have this problem but don't work as well off-road either.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-20-2014
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Richmond
Posts: 20
Brother, it is more than obvious. I spent years in AWD cars and this is my first 4x4. Thanks for the help, I was really worried for a second. I should probably do more research and learn a thing or two, eh?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vehicle "jerks" during low acceleation jimtimw Drivetrain Tech 1 03-28-2011 11:39 AM
4x4 Low doesn't turn off right away. 4x4Ford General Ford Ranger Discussion 6 12-12-2010 04:26 PM
Looking for an easy tap into the low/high power on the third brake light... WowMike2001 General Technical & Electrical 13 08-16-2009 08:41 AM
LOW LOW LOW RPMS JRacer 4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech 23 05-07-2009 12:25 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:21 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.