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Unread 08-17-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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Front end clunks after driving long distance?

Hello, I have a 1995 Grand Jeep Cherokee with a 5.2 V8. After driving for 30+ minutes or long distances, the front end begins to clunk and jerk as I turn, and has recently been doing it in reverse now as well (it happens worse on the passenger side but both sides do it) I've noticed that the slower yet tighter the turn, the worse the jerk gets. I read the thread on the track bar but my track bar seems to have no play what-so-ever so I doubt that could be the reason. I haven't added anything to the stock suspension so it can't be any plastic bushings, etc. My dad and I thought it had something to do with the brakes so we bought new bolts and worked the disc plate but it still happens. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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Unread 08-17-2009, 07:14 PM   #2
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You have whats called a VC or viscous coupler in your AWD 249 transfer case . Yours has failed . It's not uncommon at all . Just search it out . You'll find lots of info on it . Also seach out 249 swao , 249>242 swap etc etc .

It's an expensive rebuild to replace the VC , about 350-400 clams . Most swap out the 249 input shaft into another case , either a 242 or 231 .

It will be hard on frt end parts to leave ot as it is . You can pull the frt drive shaft and have 2wd , be warned , a 95 doesn't have a lock , w/o the frt d/s , you will need to use the E-brake , or your Jeep may roll away on you !!!
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