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skipping and banging when turning?


 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:26 pm    Post subject: skipping and banging when turning? Reply with quote

My '91 XJ has always skipped when turning about 90degrees in 4hi/lo, pretty sure thats normal...but today after i put it in 2wd and was driving in a parking lot it was skipping really badly and clunking/banging doing a 90degree turn Confused It sounded horrible....what could this be?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:42 pm    Post subject: clunking Reply with quote

It sounds like the 4 wheel drive did not release. If yours has the front axle disconnect it may be sticking. Sometimes all you need to do to release it is back up 10 feet or so.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm ok, I usually back up when going back into 2wd but i had the trailer on this time and was in a tight spot, whoops Razz .

What could be the cause of the banging when turning though? They were very loud bangs that made my teeth chatter Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What could be the cause of the banging when turning though? They were very loud bangs that made my teeth chatter Confused

Axle shaft u-joints binding under load. This is why it happens in 4wd and not 2wd. They are not under load in 2wd.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What can I do to prevent them from binding? They dont always bang when turning in 4wd, kindof random.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: banging Reply with quote

It will be more noticable on dry pavement because the wheels will not slip easily. This is why it's a part time 4x4. Some of the higher end ones have CV joints instead of U-joints in the front axle. The CV ones do not bind like the U-joints. There's not much you can do besides making sure the U-joints are good. The joints have no lube point so they eventually dry up and get hard to move when the wheels are turned. Eventually the bearings inside wear out so the joint get loose. This is really common on all the Cherokees.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What can I do to prevent them from binding? They dont always bang when turning in 4wd, kindof random.

Don't drive in 4WD on high traction surfaces and turn the wheels fully.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok thanks for the replies.

I noticed lately though that even in 2wd my front end will skip lightly when turning around on pavement, I dont think it used to do that. Is this also something not properly dis-engaging?

btw my tires are 235/75/15 dont know if the slightly larger size would have anything to do with it...
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