What is an automatic locking differential?
In the automatic locking differential, both wheels of an axle are locked relative to one another on applying torque. When torque is not applied, such as when turning a corner, the lock disengages, allowing the wheels to spin independently.
Is the GMC Safari a rear wheel drive vehicle?
Sold alongside the GMC Safari, the Astro was marketed in multiple configurations, including passenger minivan and cargo van. The Astro and Safari are GM M-body vehicles, using a rear-wheel drive chassis; all-wheel drive became an option in 1990.
When did the Chevrolet Astro and Safari come out?
Background. The Astro and Safari were introduced for 1985 as the first minivan from General Motors. While marketed as a response to the first-generation Chrysler minivans, GM adapted a rear-wheel drive layout, sizing the Astro and Safari closely to the short-wheelbase Chevrolet G10 van. Similar to the Ford Aerostar, to reduce production costs,…
Can a rear wheel drive truck use a locking differential?
As simply put as possible, a pickup truck that’s used for getting the job done cannot do without this little contraption. In other words, the Eaton G80 automatic locking differential lets a rear-wheel-drive truck go places traditionally reserved for pickups that benefit from four-wheel-drive.
What’s the front differential on a safari van?
The front differential in All Wheel Drive Astro/Safari vans is an independent front suspension design that shares many traits with those found in other GM compact and mid-size trucks. GM 7.2 3.73 all S10 ZR2 / Sonoma Highrider 1994-2005
Can a 1990 Safari World AWD be replaced?
Since there is no way to deactivate the transfer case in 1990-1998 vans, the possibility of damage can not be removed. It could be permanently locked together come time to put the AWD parts back in, thus requiring it to be rebuilt or replaced.
Can a 1999 Astro Safari be de-activated?
Might be fine, might be damaged. 1999-2005 vans, the transfer case can be de-activated by pulling the 20 amp ATC fuse located in the engine compartment’s fuse box. Failure to do so will cause the computer to activate the clutch with the possible results being a locked together clutch and a burnt out servo motor.