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Old 12-19-2010, 08:06 PM
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Ok, this could be a dumb question. Why is it that only one wheel turns?

Here how I found out. I just installed a small personal plow on my truck. I stopped on an icy patch with one front wheel down off my gravel drive just enough i was having trouble getting it out. I put my wife in the truck and threw some cat litter under the tires for traction and had her back up. I noticed as she backed up that only the driver side rear wheel was moving as it spun a bit before catching traction.

So, is this normal? Do I have an issue? I just got the truck used a few months ago and it runs great, just noticed this and I feel it could be a problem as I have a very long wide driveway, hence why I got a small plow and not a snow blower.

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Normal for most light trucks. It's an open differential. You can convert it to a limited slip or posi with a new gear set or a locker set from Detroit Locker.
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Normal for most light trucks. It's an open differential. You can convert it to a limited slip or posi with a new gear set or a locker set from Detroit Locker.
So that was a bit over my head. I think I understand open differential...that makes one wheel move. What is the difference between limited slip and posi and which would be best for my application of light towing and light plowing?

Also, how hard is it to install a new differential? I'm new to trucks but I'm pretty good with auto repair and maintenance.

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Ok, so I did some research on the differential differences. I think I have a pretty good understanding of them now. That leaves two questions.

1. How hard is it to change a differential?
2. Is it worth it for light duty plowing and towing?
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First of all, welcome to the forum...
Its not hard.. Its pretty simple and it can be done with basic tools.. I personally think posi would be best, thats what Id go with. Considering your going to be plowing so your going to want to be sure you always get traction..
And if you have the money then I would say it would be a good investment.
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