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Noise when wheel spins

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Nodlenor, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Dec 18, 2016 at 6:20 PM
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    I took my Tundra out in the snow today to see how it performs. I noticed when one of the wheels spins there is a noise in the drive train. Otherwise it did really well on the slick stuff. We had ice with about 3 or 4" of snow on top of it. I'm still not used to the touchy throttle but it seemed to have good traction even with the not so great tires that came on it. Is this noise common with the limited slip diff. or should I be concerned. It seemed to be coming from the front whether in 4wd or 2wd. Hard to describe it but it was intermittent and kind of a slapping or scrapping sound. Any ideas?
     
  2. Dec 18, 2016 at 6:22 PM
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    U mean traction control kicking in?
     
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  3. Dec 18, 2016 at 6:22 PM
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    Probably!
     
  4. Dec 18, 2016 at 6:36 PM
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    Sounds like a clicking vibrating sound? Def traction control. Probably getting some flashing and beeping going on in the cabin as well
     
  5. Dec 18, 2016 at 7:49 PM
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    That is probably it but I haven't noticed any flashing or heard any beeping. I hope it is normal, not an indication of some upcoming problems.
     
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    If it's traction control, which is what it sounds like, that's totally normal. Kind of sounds like ABS kicking on.

    When that happens the Traction control icon should flash on your dash.

    Our limited slip system works by an ECU applying the brake to the spinning wheel, therefore forcing power to the other side.
     
  7. Dec 18, 2016 at 8:06 PM
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    Thanks, I'll look for a light the next time it happens. I sure hope that's what it is. I wasn't expecting something like that when I first heard it and it alarmed me. Thanks again, that eases my mind somewhat.
     
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    What you are describing seems to me like a normal functioning traction control system, but yes, I would look for the flashing light.

    Should flash when you slip and make a weird grinding/pulsating noise, hard to describe.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2016 at 4:07 PM
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    I drove my Tundra on the icy roads today and when it spins a wheel a light does com on. I didn't notice that yesterday. I'm relived to know the noise I hear is normal and not something that is going to make my bank account suffer in the near future. Thanks again to all who responded and helped relive my concerns.
     
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    Since traction control almost got me stuck (again) in wet slush/ice (yes, in 4WD) I've begun turning traction off (just one push for traction control completely off in 4HI) when in 4wd. I found by shutting this off in snow, it feels safer by not reducing engine power allowing me to get onto the street safely.
     
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    Glad to hear, I didn't doubt that Tundra one bit!
     
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  12. Dec 20, 2016 at 10:13 AM
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    Sean, I tried turning off the traction control while in 4wd and I agree I seem to have more/better control or at least a better feel. Thanks for the tip!
     
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    I hate traction control. It cuts power just when you need it. I have snow tires on the truck and find that turning off the traction control works better when you are doing around town driving (especially when you are trying to accelerate from a stop). However, when on the highway, I leave it on as a safety margin.
     
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  14. Dec 20, 2016 at 1:42 PM
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    Also a tip: Never walk alone in dark alleys at night.

    You're welcome.:D
     
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    Look both ways before crossing the road.
     
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    If you lived in an area like where I live you wouldn't need to worry about dark alleys. Also the streets aren't that busy, but I look anyway. But those are good tips.
     
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