4wd Problem

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  1. Nicholas Flores

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    Hey y'all so I have a 2011 Nitro Hear 4.0, and I recently had some tires put on the rear and had my rear tire moved up to the front! Since than I've had some sort of rubbing sound but only in 4 wheel drive! The noise is coming from the driver side front tire, but that tire wasn't touched or replaced! Anyone have any idea what it could be!? Also the service 4wd light isn't on but still having some sort of rubbing noise! Please help!!
     
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    Welcome to the forum Nicholas Flores. When you have a chance, head over to the Newbie Section and say "Hi".
    Tell us a little about yourself and your ride.
    That way we can welcome you all proper like.

    The Nitro 4x4 system locks the front to the rear. So it should only be used when on slick surfaces like; snow, ice, sand, mud, or very loose gravel.

    If you are driving on pavement with the 4x4 "on", you will get this sound and even a popping sound. This can cause severe damage to the 4x4 system and related axle parts.
    The sound is caused by the axles binding up.
    You can check the CV boot behind the front wheel and at the transfer case. If they are torn then most likely it is a CV going bad.

    Now if the sound occurs when not in 4x4, then it is a matter of finding where it is rubbing.
     
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    I know how my system works I get that. I live in Wyoming, US and it's icy/snowy roads! I drive to a town on Friday of last week didn't have this noise or rubbing/vibration until after we changed out some tires and had to go into 4 wheel drive cuz of slick/icy roads!
     
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    OK, Some folks don't get it.
    Are all the tires the same size?
    Could be the ABS kicking in on that front wheel.
     
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    Problem is solved! I had two Pirelli Scorpions in the rear and 2 Goodyear wranglers in the front the two different tires was causing the binding up noise! But I got two more Pirelli's for the front and everything went back to normal! Thanks for all the input!
     
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    Glad to hear you found the issue and resolution.
     
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    Friend of mine recently shared issue with 4motion VW (Haldex full time 4x4 system) it is front wheel drive and rear kick in when slip is detected.
    He started experiencing kicks during launch of wet road and strange power distribution - like 90% torque sent to rear.
    Same tires size on all 4 wheels, same type... He found during the switch to winter ones. Front were worn several mm more, causing several mm difference in circumference and ECU interpreted it as a slip.

    For our locked diff, it will develop develop binding quickly.
     

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