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Unread 11-30-2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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I have a 1996 Grand Cherokee Lerado and when I turn my wheels sharp to the left in four wheel drive the wheel wobble like they are caught on something and it becomes hard to turn and I don't know what's wrong can someone please help out let me know what could be wrong with it. Thank You.

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Unread 11-30-2011, 10:16 AM   #2
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What kind of surface are you doing this on?
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Unread 11-30-2011, 10:51 AM   #3
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Sounds like he is using 4H on dry pavment.
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Unread 11-30-2011, 12:10 PM   #4
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Sounds completely normal. That's why you shouldn't use 4 wheel drive on the road unless it's snowing like he11.
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Unread 11-30-2011, 12:56 PM   #5
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Sounds completely normal. That's why you shouldn't use 4 wheel drive on the road unless it's snowing like he11.
I've been in blinding blizzard conditions when there wasn't a hint of snow or ice on the pavement.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 01:02 PM   #6
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On dry pavement, why would that matter the wheels shouldn't be wobbling when I turn
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Unread 12-01-2011, 01:33 PM   #7
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There is alot of force built up and then the tires skip. Look at the turning radius, one tire has to spin faster then other(bigger circle).

Dont run 4wd part time on dry pavement!!

So let me ask this, what are the specs of your truck?
If you have the 242, the 4wd on dry pavement is just stupid. Use full time if you must
If you have the 249 your VC is shot
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Unread 12-01-2011, 01:40 PM   #8
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Sounds like a worn out Viscous Coupler if you have a NV249 full time 4wd case.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 02:49 PM   #9
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My '98 ZJ behaved the same even if I was in 4WD FT. Recently I had to replace the U-joint on the driver-side front axle shaft (bearings were toast and there was a lot of play), but since there was a good amount of corrosion and such on the shaft itself, I just replaced it with a new CV shaft. Since replacing that joint, I don't see that behavior anymore doing tight turns in 4WD (unless I'm in PT on dry pavement as others have stated).
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Unread 12-01-2011, 10:57 PM   #10
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Yea, 4WD Part Time the wheels all turn at different speeds, so when you turn the wheels they start to freak out. This could blow your transfer case. You should only be using that on trails only, NEVER dry pavement. You can, however run 4WD Full Time on dry pavement, I do it all the time in the winter or in heavy rain.
If it is still doing it in full time make sure you are putting the jeep into neutral first before putting it into full or part time. If you aren't that could be causing your problem. Otherwise check your joints, they could be bad.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 11:16 PM   #11
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Vehicle specs please ? Model year, engine, transfercase ? Transfercase should say Quadra Trac or Select trac on the shifter handle bezel.
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Unread 12-02-2011, 10:57 PM   #12
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CVs or u-joints up front ?
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Unread 12-03-2011, 05:45 AM   #13
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that wobble is common in all 4wheel drive vehicles when turning sharp on dry pavement in 4x4.
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Unread 12-03-2011, 08:27 AM   #14
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As previously stated, vehicle specs are needed to narrow it down. The type parts you have is key to diagnosing the problem. Post some more details and I'm sure you'll get an answer.
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Unread 12-09-2011, 11:16 PM   #15
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original poster hasn't posted in a week . . . . I wonder if he fixed it ??

I don't know the specs of your jeep ( please post ) but if your running u-joints, I'd bet they aren't in phase.

VERY common problem most people don't even know about.


please post an update.
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