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post #1 of 16 Old 05-31-2007, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Steering problem

Hey guys I'm having problems with my 97 GC limited. It will not move when the steering wheel is fully turned. For instance say I'm in a parking lot going about 5mph and try to make a tight turn which requires me to turn the wheel fully it will actually stop when it reaches a certain point as if something is holding it back. I thought it was my passenger side cv shaft(boot was torn) so I replaced it and it still does it. The driverside was just replaced a few months ago as well. Can someone please point me to the right direction? At a complete lost on this one.

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BTW both sway bar ends and steering dampner were replaced last year.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-31-2007, 03:54 PM
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vehicle year/motor/transfercase type would help as it is probably a all time 4wd problem.

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I have the same problem and based on information that i have got from this site i think i have a VC problem. Maybe you have too. Good luck in sorting it.

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post #4 of 16 Old 06-01-2007, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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My Jeep is a 97 with a 5.2, full time awd. The thing is this problem is not constant. I notice its there after driving the vehicle for longer periods of time ie. not going to the store down the street and back but more so like 30-45 min. on the highway. Any clue? I hope its not the TC coz that started humming and whirring about 3 months ago. This thing just broke 70,000 miles!

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-01-2007, 02:38 PM
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yeah that really sounds like your viscous coupler, the thing that makes the all-time 4wd work so well. It's inside your trasnfer case, and from what ive read here costs about 1,000 to have a shop replace it for you.

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-02-2007, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Man I was hoping that wasnt it but I guess now would be a good time to swap and upgrade the TC. Aside from the VC going bad is there anything else I should check out first?

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-02-2007, 07:16 AM
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Pull the front driveshaft. Pretty easy to do. Just remove the bolts, and pull the shaft around until it compresses a bit so you can remove it. Then take it for a drive and see if the problems are gone. When your done, put the shaft back in.

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Do I have to drain it first?


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post #9 of 16 Old 06-03-2007, 07:19 PM
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nope just remove the front driveshaft. No fluid will come out of the front driveshaft.

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nope. no draining required. there is no fluid where you pull the shaft at.

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Yep, as you are finding mine is a lot worse when i have driven the car for a long time. I assume the fluid is over heating.

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I'm going to pull the shaft out tommorow. How long can I drive without it?


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I'm going to pull the shaft out tommorow. How long can I drive without it?


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mine has been out for 3 or 4 months now....no problems
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Really, so this has no ill effects?

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-18-2007, 09:25 AM
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Really, so this has no ill effects?

Thanks, Ed

Nope...its all good, i am changin the pinion yoke this week
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