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Old 06-16-2022, 11:39 AM   #1
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Hi all,
I heard a clunking noise in the front end coming home from work yesterday. It's been a while since I've inspected my brakes, so having off work today, I pulled both tires off and inspected the brakes. Nothing bad there. The tie rods, wheel bearings, etc all were okay.
I decided to run the car while it's on the jacks to see if anything would change. I discovered the right front axle is not turning. I think that is just due to the differential in the tranny not needing to turn both. Am I correct?
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Default Re: Only one axle driving the car

Yes, you are probably correct. Simply stop the turning one, drop it to the ground or wedge a piece of wood under the tire, and verify that the other wheel starts turning. Easiest way is to slip a piece of 2 x 4 wood, about 4 feet long, under the turning tire from in front of the car and lift the free end. You go in from the front so that the spinning wheel will tend to suck the 2 x 4 in awayfrom you...
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Default Re: Only one axle driving the car

This is normal. The transmission has an open differential. Without resistance, one wheel will turn forward while other backward. The other wheel isnít spinning backward because of the caliper resistance (with the way the caliper is mounted, it takes more force to move the rotor backward). If you removed the caliper, youíll notice the wheel start to rotate backward.
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Thanks for the confirmation. I got my wife in the passenger seat to get a different perspective of where the clunk was coming from. Of course, nothing happened on our drive. It actually hasn't happened again since the other day. Possibly some road debris got stuck somewhere for a short while. I'll just keep listening.
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