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post #1 of 9 Old 05-24-2012, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, i am new to these forums.

I have a month and half old, 2011 brute force 650 sra.
Love it to death, does everything i ask it to do. But when im in 4 wheel drive and try to reverse in mud/sand/or water the front drive shaft pops in and out and makes a very obnoxious noise that makes me cringe ha.
If i can get anyone's opinion, its greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Check and make sure there is a spring in the shaft. Has it done this always?
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Well its still under warranty so i havent been wanting to break it all apart. And ya kinda. Ive only noticed it cause ive gotten stuck in mud a few times and tried to revers but it makes a grind kinda. It seems like its trying to find a gear in there. Where is this spring at in the shaft?
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AAAnd it would be hard to show the dealer cause it only happens in mud/sand/water not on anything else
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are you trying to put in 4x4 after you get stuck if so that noise is normal and not good as these diffs take a few turns to lock in u should keep it in 4x4 before entering a whole





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Sometimes i have and i figured that they were normal but im talking about they dont go away. I can hear it lock in but then the make a louder noise. I think its just normal probably, i just dont like the noise cause it can sound bad.
i have gotten in water then switched it to 4wd and then tried going reverse it does the same.
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You should always put it in 4x4 when ever you think you might need it. Dont wait until you are not moving and try it or you will break it and you will have to pay for it. I got stuck going up a hill that was red clay and wet one time and had a line of atv's behind me. I could not get it into 4x4 without hurting it so I just asked my friend on a polais to push me far engough for it to engage. That was not what I wanted to do but had no choice. So remeber lock it in 4x4 when you think you might go somewhere that you will need it. It is not designed to lock in with the front wheels stopped and the rear spinning.









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True, usually i have been doing that but i hope its not to late :/ but when in fourwheel drive all tires do spin and have power so that's good.
But even thought it has a flip switch it wont engage until stopped or about 5 mph. And im glad i dont have to deal with red clay. Its the worst.
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The actuator control module is programed to not engage teh 4wd actuator unless motion is detected. If you engage from a stand still, if often does not engage fully and will only partially engage the front diff. this will lead to the splines beeing stripped. The control module is also programmed to not engage or disengage the 4wd actuator over ~12mph.
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