4 WHEEL Drive Clunk-Worn Drive Shaft/Differential Gears?
So the other day I was pulling my boat out of the water. I was on a 30 angle incline with wet pavement, so I put it in 4 hi and pulled forward when the front axle made a loud clunk. Since the weight was pulling the XJ back, I feel like the 4 wheel didn't fully engage as it would if it was on a flat plain with no load. Took it out of 4 wheel and pulled the boat out in 2 wheel. Really wish I didn't do that!
So it shifts into 4 wheel fine. About every wheel rotation it makes a loud clunk in the front axle, forward or backward. I'm not too familiar with how 4 wheel engages, but it feels like the front drive shaft is possibly slipping at the front differential. I know these things are tricky to pinpoint, but knowing the Jeep was pulled back by the boat when engaging the 4 wheel, what would "bind"?? Any thoughts on what is causing this?? Thanks in advance guys!
97' XJ Sport-4.0L I6, Forest Green, full-faced brushguard, (6) spotbeam headlights, 3" Rough Country w/ 3.5" Pro Comp packs, newly added magnaflow cat and dyno muffler