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Transfer Case/Axle Problem???


 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: Transfer Case/Axle Problem??? Reply with quote

Had a nerve racking experience tonight and wanted to get an idea of what happened, what to inspect, and what to fix???

I have a 2004 GC, I-6 4.0 L with Select-Trac (37,000 miles). I was driving around country roads (not off-roading) in 4WD-Full time, because the roads were a little slick and muddy. Back on wet pavement for the last mile, I put it in 2-WD and drove normally thinking 4-WD was not engaged. During the last somewhat tight turn onto my street (~10 mph), in a split second I felt the front end bind and then a "bang" or "pop" under the front half of the vehicle (like I ran over something, but didn't), then everything seemed OK again, no more binding. <yikes> I checked the tranfer case lever, it was firmly in 2-WD, but I didn't believe it, so I shifted into 4-Full and back to 2-WD and tapped the gas a couple times. Everything seems to drive OK. I looked under the vehicle in my driveway and there was no visible signs of drivetrain damage or other noise.

My questions: What is the best guess as to what happened? What damage should I inspect for (and where - transfer case, axle, CV/U joints?)? What should I do to prevent this from happening again (is there a tranfer case cable adjustment in the 2004 that could be out of whack, I can't find reference to it in the manuals)?

This Jeep is still a young one and I want a lot of miles out of it.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd guess that you should look between where the knuckle attaches to the axle. Sounds like it might have been a u-joint in the axle shafts.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If its under warranty I would take it to the stealership and have them check out the CV joints..

If its not under warranty check your CV joints and wiggle the ujoints..
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