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There I was, backing up the steep curved drive to the country house and the left rear wheel began to slip....then spin. Since movement ceased, I went forward, tried again and succeeded backing all the way up to the house.

Don't Toyota limited slip differentials work going backwards?
 

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There I was, backing up the steep curved drive to the country house and the left rear wheel began to slip....then spin. Since movement ceased, I went forward, tried again and succeeded backing all the way up to the house.

Don't Toyota limited slip differentials work going backwards?
An LSD can only transfer a fraction of the torque to the other wheel. [EDIT: I don't think that's technically correct, but you get the general idea] I would guess that going backwards up a steep driveway put all the weight on the front wheels, meaning it took very little torque to make the loose wheel slip, and the amount of torque being applied to the non-slipping wheel was not enough to pull the truck up the driveway.

I think, in general, the LSD is only going to be useful when you have SOME slippage of a wheel, not full slippage.
 
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