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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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4WD Problem - Question

We have a 2001 Yamaha Wolverine 350. Noticed some performance issues in climbing some mildly hilly terrain. We jacked it up so all 4 wheels were off the ground. Trying to determine if there is a drivetrain problem.

With the quad up, running, wheels off the ground, hitting the throttle...

If we hold one of the front wheels in place, the other will spin, but there is virtually no effort by the ATV to turn the wheel we are lightly putting opposing pressure on. However, if we put opposing pressure on both wheels at the same time, they turn hard and fight through the resistance. Is this normal? It is a 4WD only quad, so 2WD is not an option.

We were thinking there might be some sort of issue in the transfer case/ differential box where the front tie rods lead into it. Just didn't want to go breaking the seal and ending up having to buy a new gasket ect....

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Re: 4WD Problem - Question

Its not a locked axle, so they can and will turn independently.

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Re: 4WD Problem - Question

X2 what yz eater said.

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Re: 4WD Problem - Question

ALL 4WD trucks sold on the market normally are only 2WD one front wheel turns at a time and one rear wheel this is done because if you hit ice and have 4 locked wheels it will throw you off the road...You can buy a locking front or rear differentials which will lock all 4 wheels for traction but they are bad on icey conditions..I suppose ATVs are made the same way..When you buy a new vehicle or ATV get some clarification from the dealer about your 4WD operation...ALL 4 locked wheels are nice on snow or mud but ICE is an entirely different ball game..4WD does help a little on ice BUT ONLY when you are going a VERY SLOW speeds..Creeper speeds..The best thing for ice is chains or sand spread on the road..Or studded snow tires...
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Re: 4WD Problem - Question

Burk you are wrong again just the Zimmerman threads.

Most trucks nowadays come with a limited slip or rear locking diff.

Most quads are solid rear axle and open front. Some will lock like a grizzly but most have some crappy limited slip.

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