noticed yesterday while i was out on the trails that the zj started clicking up front when i turned either left or right but only in 4wd, all 3 stages of 4wd. binding at the same time also. i did use the search but bash if you must but if you could slip a link in there while you do it would be appreciated done a 249/242 swap and ujoint drive shaft upgrade about 2 yrs ago with no problems until now. ive seen this before in my 249 but this is not as severe, no hopping and not binding as tight. front axle is cv shafts but the boots are in good shpe so i dont see anything wrong there. any info needed that i left out let me know. thought i was passd this when i chunked the 249!
5.2 crate - fourwheelcustoms 2.25 BB - 31x10.50 BFG at-ko's 249/242 swap - front drive shaft upgrade by driveshaftspecialistincorporated - jcr off-road front bumper - engo 12k lbs winch......
Sounds like cv joints in one of your front axles. Are your axles still cv type? Even though the boots are good they still go bad. The reason they would only do it in 4WD is because thats the only time power is applied to the front and they start clicking usually only when turning. I'm sure someone else will chime in but i'm sure that's your issue. Hope that helps.
Hey Guys, I just seen that the cv/ u-joint axle swap mentioned...is this a direct swap? I have u-joint style axles in my 96 grand cherokee, but broke the tone ring for the ABS and when under 20 MPH it kicks the ABS in...and the replacement axles are pricey.... any info would be great... thanks
I believe they are direct swap. my 98 has CV's in the 35 up front. Did any of the 96 models have a CV, if so then that's what I'd go for; unless you're lifted and have around a 35" tire. The CV's for mine run about $80. Unless you want to try to save money, then just go to a junkyard and pick up the axle you need.
Thanks...I get a discount through my local parts store and can get new CV style axles for $45 each...nice... I also found that dorman sells the ABS tone ring...Anyone know how they get replaced? there only about $15 apiece...
Are you sure the tone ring is broken? Any dirt in the tone ring can cause a misreading and kick in the ABS. If the tone ring is not lose like in the below video then check all the teeth for any debris on both sides of your Jeep. I know the video below is not of a Jeeps tone ring on a u-joint shaft being replaced but it should give you an idea.