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    2000 Escalade - 4WD question

    I have a question with how the 4WD works on my 2000 Escalade. Shockingly..LOL...I don't engage the 4WD option too often, but when I do, it works fine except for making hard turns. It binds up basically, doesn't want to keep rolling. Is this the front U-joints?

    Is this a normal thing or is something wrong? I'm a 4WD novice and would appreciate any help.

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    That is normal on tight turns, the wheels are trying to rotate the same speed however on a turn the inner wheel on the turn is gonna be a different speed than the outer and that is where the binding occurs

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    Re: 2000 Escalade - 4WD question

    Ah I see, so the front differential doesn't work like the rear one? When I put it into Auto mode, it turns fine. So does that mean in Auto mode, the front wheels are not locked I'm assuming?
    I basically only use Auto mode in rainy wet weather, and only enage 4Hi very rarely. My mechanic said it's a good idea to engage 4Hi just for a little bit to keep all the fluids moving and happy. Is that BS? We're talking like once a year, maybe twice.

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    They are similar but the rear wheels don't steer so the speed in which they rotate is not that big of a difference so you don't get the binding in 2wd unless there was a diff locker added, no your mechanics advice wont be a problem, the auto kicks in when a wheel slips from lack of traction

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