Question regarding transmission operation

Tiny
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  • 1996 DODGE INTREPID
  • 202,123 MILES

While doing some steering and brake work on my 1996 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L we noticed that with the front end up on stands that when the car was running and in gear (drive/reverse) that only the passenger side wheel would turn, only at high RPM would the drivers side wheel try and turn a little. Is this typical of a front wheel drive transmission? I'm unsure if this is normal or if there could be something broken inside the differential. There are no other symptoms it shifts and drives fine.

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 AT 6:49 AM

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Tiny
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It had better work that way. Rear axles are the same unless they have some type of locking or anti-spin system. If you carefully block the right wheel, you'll see the left one turn. It all depends on which side poses the greatest resistance to turning.

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 AT 7:15 AM

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