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Feels like its stuck in 4wd

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Leebeejay, June 19, 2017 at 9:22 AM.


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    1. Leebeejay

      Leebeejay New Member

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      I have a 2003 explorer xlt v8. When I am going slow and make sharp turns, it feels like I am in 4wd. When I go faster it is OK. No codes or lights are on. Does anyone have an idea what this could be
       
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      That's a natural thing with these cars. The sharp turn causes one tire to rotate faster than another tire, so the 4WD kicks in.
       
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      I kinda don't think so. If equipped with 4X4 AUTO, PCM is programmed to recognize that the front wheels will always be turning at unequal speeds when negotiating curves or parking, so unless a difference exists between rear axle speed and either front wheel's speed, it purposely skips turning "ON" the clutch in the Transfer Case. If equipped with Advance-Trac or Stability Control, the rear will have wheel speed sensing on both wheels, otherwise only one sensor looking at differential carrier (and thus, axle) speed. The key here is that front wheels are "free-wheeling" in 4X4 AUTO until a rear wheel, either one or both, suddenly changes speed, as in wheel spin on gravel or slick surface. It is not a natural thing, but of course a faulty rear wheel speed sensor might give erroneous data, which might cause the front wheels to be driven, but then when driving straight ahead, PCM would recognize the failed speed sensor, and begin warning the driver, likely by flashing the 4X4 HIGH lamp, and setting an appropriate code. imp
       

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