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Unread 11-22-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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2wd steering feels like 4wd steering

Have had mine off road a little more recently (using 4wd) and my steering wheel now feels stiff on pavement in 2wd much like it does in 4wd. I wonder if it only partially disengaged? Has anyone else had a problem like this? I got in a tough place between a steep incline and a creek and had to go lock-to-lock multiple times while in 4wd. Other than that, nothing really out of the ordinary. Thanks!

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Unread 11-22-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Is it in 4wd or not ? Find some sand, gravel, dirt, or grass and do burn-out. How many tires spin ? If only two, you probably need a new front axle u-joint.
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Unread 11-22-2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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I don't understand this would affect steering? I definitely have power to all 4 wheels.
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Are you saying that 4x4 is still engaged and will not disengage ? Or are you saying that the steering wheel wiggles in 2wd ?


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Unread 11-23-2011, 09:55 AM   #5
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I have the NP-231 transfer case. 4x4 disengages, wheel wiggles in 2wd. That's the perfect wording for it.
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The automatic hubs may have not disengaged after you took it out of 4WD. The old school remedy is to just drive it in reverse about 15 feet or more in 2WD and that should unlock them. Just an idea.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 11:58 AM   #7
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.... wheel wiggles in 2wd. That's the perfect wording for it.
If the steering wheel wiggles in 2wd, especially in tight slow speed turns, you most likely have a u-joint problem. Buy good quality u-joints like Spicer or the premium NAPA brand joints or you will be replacing u-joints again in a year or two.


Late model Jeeps, XJ, ZJ, TJ, YJ, WJ, with the Dana 30 front axle do not have locking hubs of any type.


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Unread 11-23-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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Good to know about the Spicer u-joints. I don't have the means or the know-how to possibly replace it myself. Any idea of how much the labor on this job normally costs?
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Unread 11-23-2011, 10:29 PM   #9
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Prices vary. Find a trusted independent repair shop or a good 4x4 shop. Get several estimates. The Dealership charges too much for everything.

You could buy/rent the necessary tools and there are plenty of You-Tube videos and Jeep Forum write-ups to show you all the steps. The money you save not paying a shop to do the work will buy your tools, which you can use again on the next repair.
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All sounds good. I'm a student home for Thanksgiving and will need to take it back to school before I can think about having it looked at. Is it pretty safe to drive for the time-being or is this a pretty immediate need?
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Unread 11-24-2011, 08:34 AM   #11
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Inspect both u-joints near the front tires. If they are not loose and rattling around, you can probably drive on road, in 2wd, for several months.
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