4WD Troubles? (newbie) - JeepForum.com

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 05-03-2005, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 18
4WD Troubles? (newbie)

I have never had a 4WD vehicle before, so this is all new to me.

My 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee ( about a month old to me ) gave me quite a surprise this morning.

Let me fill you in on what I did last night before I explain...

Coming home from work last night, I decided to try the 4WD out...just to do it. In the center console, it has 2WD, 4WD Part Time, 4WD Full, and 4WD Low. I shifted the lever from part time...ran for a bit...then tried out 4WD Full for a bit.

I pulled up into the driveway and then switched it back to 2WD where I normally run it. To me, it seemed like the lever wouldn't "click" back into the 2WD notch completely and it could easily slip back into 4WD Part Time with a light touch.

Anyway, here is the suprise that I got this morning...

I got in and started to back out of my drive as normal...but as I did it almost felt like a tire was sticking or I had a flat tire. I continued to back out and put it in drive only to get the same feeling. Rememebering what I did lastnight, I shifted through the different 4WD options hoping it would set everything back how it was.

Having no choice, I had to drive it to work ( about a 5 min drive ). It seemed to run itself out of the problems I guess and only seemed to act weird when I was making turns which I did. Once in awhile I think I heard a little tiny pop or click here and there...but nothing damaging I hope.

My best guess is that it wasn't shifted back fully into 2WD or something. Not even sure if the previous owner ever even used it and I was the first to change it up.

Anyone have any clue on what the problem may be? It could be resolved now, but I just don't want to take ANY chances.

°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸WebTurd - More than just a pile of Crap! °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸
Pics of the Jeep = Clickity Click
Brow is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 05-03-2005, 07:47 AM
Mr. Hyde!
ArloGuthroJeep's Avatar
2004 WJ 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Boulder
Posts: 23,086
Avoid ever running your Jeep at 4wd part-time at high speeds(on dry pavement) because that causes your driveline to bind and wheel hop. Your front wheels rotate faster then your rear wheels when in 4wd which relies on you being on something sliprey. When on dry pavement the wheels hop (same as you are experiencing around corners) to relieve the stress in the drive line.

4wd-full time is safe to drive on any pavement.

It sounds like you are stuck in 4wd. I suggest shifting into 2wd, accelerate up to 30-35mph, take foot off gas. Give it a little gas (toggle it). If that doesn't work, slow down and put the transmission in netural and see if that pops it into netural.


'04 WJ, 6" Clayton LA's, 242 SYE, 35" BFG MT KM2's, 4.56 gears, & D44a locked
'14 WK2 Limited w/5.7L, ORAI, & Tow Package
ArloGuthroJeep is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 05-03-2005, 09:48 AM
EMTimZJ's Avatar
1994 ZJ 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: West Michigan
Posts: 4,016
You have a 242 selec-trac transfer-case. (which is good) Sometimes it gets stuck and won't disengage the 4wd.

To get it to disengage put'er in reverse and back up at least 10 yards or so. Make sure the Part-Time light on your dash goes away and push the TC lever all the way forward.

(actually I'm not sure where it is in the ZJ, it could be in the VIC(vehicle information center). In my Dad's XJ it is in the upper left corner of the speedo/tach cluster)

ArloGuthroJeep is absolutely right about when to run and when not to run 4PT and 4FT. If it gets confusing, the 2wd and 4FT icons are green so remember "Green I'm Good) The 4PT and 4Lo should only be used on low traction surfaces like deep snow, sand, mud etc.

Hope This Helps!
EMTimZJ is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 05-03-2005, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 18
Yes guys, this has helped! Everything seems to be running back to normal now. I could kick myself in the butt for doing that!

My best guess is that it was stuck or I didn't have it shift back all the way. So, next time I witness that same slipping-flat-tire feeling I am in 4WD Part Time.

Thanks again for the help guys...I am beginning to like it here!

°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸WebTurd - More than just a pile of Crap! °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸
Pics of the Jeep = Clickity Click
Brow is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 05-03-2005, 05:15 PM
Registered User
Chrisca's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Colorado
Posts: 603
You can leave it 4Full time wtih no problems. That is how it iwas designed.

Remember, when going into 4LO, go very slow (2-3mph), shift into neutral, go into 4 lo, then into drive.
Don't try to do it while going faster than this.

2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo
Chrisca is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
VIC Troubles jeepdude06 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 10 07-19-2011 03:00 PM
a/c troubles bmx_hb_guy ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 3 07-12-2009 11:40 PM
AC Troubles Killer Cougar ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 3 10-04-2006 02:26 PM
oil troubles jeepdude06 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 32 06-12-2006 02:21 PM
having some troubles Yardman Harry ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 4 01-16-2006 11:33 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome