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Old January 5th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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When in AWD, climbing a nasty hill, I broke my right rear axle. Right away the front wheels stopped engaging.
In AWD when I hit the gas only the left rear would spin. I had to get out of the woods in one wheel drive.
I assumed I also broke Sprague in front axle but now I wonder if maybe If I replace the broken rear axle the front end will start working again?
I read the AWD system will not allow the front wheels the spin faster that the rear.
Maybe with no load on the broken axle side it, the AWD was not allowing power to the front end?
Any thoughts?

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Old January 5th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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I think your correct.
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Old January 5th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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Re: One Wheel Drive

Thanks for the reply Leach.
Can anybody else chime in before I tear the front diff apart??
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I would fix the rear & try it
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I am going to try it as soon as my axle shows up. Just not sure if it would be a waste of time to tear apart the front diff in the mean time.
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Re: One Wheel Drive

Thought pattern makes sense. If you take it apart there will be nothing wrong, if you don't take it apart there will be something wrong in there. Kind of a long shot but you don't have a friend with an axle you can borrow do you?
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Re: One Wheel Drive

Well, I decided to take my "heavy duty" 4340 chromoly axle to the local race car shop for welding. That way I will have it back later today and have an answer on the front end. I will order some better axels in the mean time and carry a spare when I am heading way out in the bush.
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Re: One Wheel Drive

My guess, and it's just is a guess, is that with the broken axle you've always got something moving on that side and therefore the AWD can't determine that you're actually "slipping". It's this slip that causes the front diff to engage.

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Thanks, thats what i thought too. I know AWD has its advantages but a disadvantage if this is true, would be if you break an axle you go from four possible driven wheels to one!
I was in quite a nasty spot on a hill and had a few hundred yards after the hill to get back on flat ground. If I did not have a winch and another quad there, it would have been a long walk.
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Thanks, thats what i thought too. I know AWD has its advantages but a disadvantage if this is true, would be if you break an axle you go from four possible driven wheels to one!
I was in quite a nasty spot on a hill and had a few hundred yards after the hill to get back on flat ground. If I did not have a winch and another quad there, it would have been a long walk.
There's a post on here somewhere that has a link to the company that makes the front diff. I've looked through their site, but have yet to find the info I'm looking for.

So, I may end up calling them to find out if there's another way to get what a lot of us are looking for. I'm pretty certain they can either adapt the stock item or make a replacement that will do what we want.
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Re: One Wheel Drive

Joe couple things to look at...first does the awd light come on in the speedo if not could have something electrical going on, next is the front drive shaft turning when the machine is moving if it is moving odds are your cage is destroyed. My guess is when the rear axle broke the jolt to the drive train busted your cage. You can read exactly how the awd works in the "ultimate front diff" thread but in a nut shell the awd feature is mechanical(with the exception of a electic magnet) not sensory(in other words there is not a sensor that engages the system). Good luck on the repairs.
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