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orlimar105
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 9:47 am    Post subject: Noise/Resistance when Turning Reply with quote

I recently bought a 2nd hand 1997 Cherokee Sport (4WD). A couple of days into ownership I noticed the front tyres/axle making a high pitched squealing sound when making a slow sharp turn in my residence parking lot. The steering also fights the turn and tries to correct to center.

As a newbie to Jeep ownership, please can someone let me know what the problem is and what it might cost to repair.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if it doesn't pull to one side when you are driving straight then the allignment is okay. What kind of tread do you have left on your tires?? Is it worn really bad one side or the other??
You may have a compression problem with your power steering pump. Look on the drivers side up underneath and see if there is any fluid leaking out or if anything under there looks wet. I know a guy who drove his Jeep around for two or three days with it stuck in 4 wheel drive and didn't know it. The lever was in 2H but it was stuck in 4H so it could be that too.... ?!?!?
Let us know some more of whats going on and maybe we can help diagnose it better for you!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear CoreyXJ,

Thanks for your prompt response.

The tread left on the front tires isn't great, though it seems a fairly even wear on both sides.

I noted today that the noise (which does sound like a tire screech from a skid) only occurs when the steering wheel is turned all the way left or right. If the power steering pump is faulty (or lack of fluid?) would that cause the wheels to try and straighten up and therefore skid?

I am a complete novice when it comes to the 4WD system (this is my first 4x4). Can not seem to be able to put the gear into permanent 4WD mode (i.e. all the way back): does it require a bit of grunt and elbow grease? How common is it for the system to be stuck in 4WD?

Look forward to hearing your pearls of wisdom!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'd check for a leak. Also, check to see that your belt is properly adjusted and isn't damaged. If you have the equipment, I'd check the pressure of the power steering pump. ALso, are your tires properly inflated?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2004 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have that problem when my power steering fluid is extremely low, well not all of your symptoms, just the wierd noise from turning the wheels full tilt.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2004 6:41 am    Post subject: Internal light switches Reply with quote

Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

I've booked myself in for a servicing, but in the meantime is there an easy way for me to check power steering fluid levels and to top it up if it is low?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2004 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when you get under the hood there will be a small container that is shaped like a flask. It should have a yellow top with a little picture of a sterring wheel on it. Open that up and check out the fluid. If you are low STP stop leak is a good one to use, that's what I use. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2004 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="orlimar105"]Can not seem to be able to put the gear into permanent 4WD mode (i.e. all the way back): does it require a bit of grunt and elbow grease? quote]

As far ar as putting it in to 4 Lo(all the way back). Stop the Jeep, place the transmission in Neutral, then put the 4 wheel drive lever all the way back (4 Lo). At no time should you force the lever into 4 wheel drive, if it hesitates, take it slow.
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