Question about the differential

I have a 2004 Dakota SXT four wheel drive with the V-6 engine and automatic transmission. Can some one please tell me what kind of differentials these trucks have?
Did they come with limited slip or conventional. How does one tell ?? Also what would be the best lubricant to use when I change it?
Thanks, Dennis
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
.

there is a tag on the rear end, and also under hood that should tell you what axle and whether it is ASD (Anti Spin Differential) or not.
you can also take your vin to your local dealer's parts department and ask for a print out of factory options.
--
----------------------------
-Chris
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Jack up one rear wheel, and with the transmission in neutral, try turning the wheel. If it turns, you have an open differential. If it won't turn, you have a limited slip.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Sun, 13 Aug 2006 21:04:26 GMT, "Tom Lawrence"

THis does not always work so it is not 100%. ----------------- TheSnoMan.com
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Yeah - if your limited slip is worn to the point that it functions like an open diff, then it won't work. Otherwise, it works just fine.
Ya ever figure out how to fit an 8.25" ring gear into an 8" carrier?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:03:18 GMT, "Tom Lawrence"

Not on a GM GovLoc it may well look open when in fact it works fine. Like I said it is not 100%. Kinda a better test for a Dodge is to jack up both rear wheel and with tranny in neutral when you spin one tire, the other will goes same direction and match it. If it goes in reverse it is open. ----------------- TheSnoMan.com
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

You're aware this is a Dodge truck newsgroup, right?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Sun, 13 Aug 2006 22:55:03 GMT, "Tom Lawrence"
Yes I was just saying that not all LSD's act the same. In theory since Dodge uses the same AAM axle in a some trucks as GM does (GM did first) that they "could" in theory anyway have a GovLoc in them. (whether by a total screw up or after market) Not likely but still possible though very remote indeed. ----------------- TheSnoMan.com
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Okay, I'll concede that point. If someone were drunk off his butt at the assembly plant, and accidentally shipped a rear axle for a Colorado down to Saltillo, AND another Chrysler worker were similarly drunk off HIS butt, and installed that axle under a Dakota, then maybe - just MAYBE - some poor Dak driver would jack up one rear tire, turn it freely, and feel he got ripped off by his dealer for installing an open diff when he paid for an LSD.
Of course, this would have to happen during a stampede of elephants on the 4th of July, between the hours of 3:45 and 4:15, during a hail storm, with one baby zebra.... but it COULD happen :)
By the way - does 8.25" equal 8.0" yet? Just checking....
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Hey....I saw that happen!!!.. That's the reason I bought that big Smith...just in case it ever happened again..
<VBG>
Denny
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Give the Smith to your daughter, we know she is the better shot.
I'll leave the one liners about elephants alone for now.
<BFG>
Roy

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

She may be with some but not that one. Tis a bit much for her arm.

Just cause you can't think of any....
How was the trip???
Denny
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

You know better!

Fantastic! Everything went as smooth as silk.
Roy

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Thanks guys for the information. I jacked both rear wheels off the ground and they turned in opposite directions. So it must be open differential. ( I think)
Thanks again, Dennis B.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
That is correct, it is an open rear.
--
If at first you don't succeed, you're not cut out for skydiving
"Dennis" < snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net> wrote in message
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Dennis wrote:

I've got a 2001 RAM (RWD) that was ordered with limited-slip.
When I turn a corner from a standing stop, the rear tires frequently squeal a little, and feel like they want to hop, so I'm thinking that I really do have limited slip, although when driving off road or on snow/slush during the winter I find I don't have the traction I think I should have when driving on, say, wet/soggy terrain.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Related Threads

    Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.