Do I have to be in 4×4 low for both front tires to spin?

2006 chevy 2500 duramax 4×4. Got stuck today in 4×4 high. Noticed that front drivers tire was not spinning. Got out before going into 4×4 low. Not long after I got the truck I know that all four tires would spin in 4×4 low. Never checked in 4×4 high. Do I have a problem? Am not sure now if all four are spinning in 4×4 low. Will check tomorrow.

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9 Responses to Do I have to be in 4×4 low for both front tires to spin?

  1. scott29 June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    OK first off all these answers do have some insight in them. Chevy did this way back in 1990 on there trucks. It is part of the limited slip. There theroy behind it was so you did not break anything. Forward one rear and one front will spin reverse it is oposite in 4 hi. 4 low the switchs on the front end and rear end lock it to possy all 4 will spin then.

  2. toadyboy June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    yes if you have it in 4hi your rear tires rotate 1-1/2 times then the front tires engage 4lo all 4 tires spin at the same time 4hi is reffered to as limited slip

  3. Common Sense June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    They should all spin in 4×4..Any/All gears..

  4. dodge man June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    they all will spin in high or low,,this has no affect on the 4 wheel drive,,if one tire spins in the front the other one kicks in,,to help it out,,this is called limited slip,,and it works in either high,or low range on the transfer case,,good luck i hope this help,s.

  5. DJ C June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    No if you have the $ wheel drive on they all spin.

  6. wheeldave2 June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Ok with the new electronic hubs you have to move unless the teeth of the hubs are perfectly in line when you engage 4 wheel drive. Which means if you are stuck, unless the truck can move a few inches the splines will not line up and the tires will not spin. I am sure on your stock truck that it has an open differential and that only one tire in front has to spin in 4×4, both can if there is equal traction , but only one has to. Easiest way to check, go to a parking lot, put the truck in 4×4, and SLOWLY make a hard right or left hand turn. If the steering wheel moves back and forth in your hands the 4×4 is working. Don't forget to disengage 4×4 before driving down the road!

  7. 1diputs June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Just because its a 4X4 doesn't mean ALL 4 tires will spin at the same time. You have spools(100% off road) posi's , limited slip, and some older models you only had one tire in the back and one in the front that would spin.

  8. Hambone June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    I don't know why the uninformed feel so compelled to "answer" these questions. However, no, you do not have a problem with your truck. Regardless of whether or not the transfer case is in 4hi or 4lo, only one front and one rear wheel is guaranteed to spin. Now, if you have a rear locking diff, (RPO G80) then both rear wheels will lock together until they reach about 20 mph. And no, this unit is not a posi. As for the front wheels, there was no locker or posi available from the factory, and all 4×4's received an open diff. There are only 2 options available for the 9.25" IFS if you want true 4 wheel drive. Either the Eaton E-locker, or ARB Air Locker. I have the Eaton, and it works like a champ. No clue where these other guys are coming from….rotate 1 1/2 times before the front engages??? Should all spin in all gears??? dodge man, there isn't an LS available due to how the right side axle is engaged…….These are not electric or electronic hubs, the front axle is engaged / disengaged by a sliding collar on the right hand axle……at least 1diputs is on the right track.

  9. AC June 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    hambone is dead on with his answer except for one thing. There is another front locker available out on the market, the ox locker.