I've been having a issue/sensation where it feels like my front tires are rubbing when I make hard turns, or just turns in general when I FIRST drive the Jeep for the day. After driving it for sometime, the sensation goes away, quicker on really warm days. I can feel the "rubbing" into the wheel. Only on turns, nothing driving straight.
We've checked and checked and there's zero tire rub. (I have 265/70 BFG rugged terrain all terrains, no pinch weld) No rub marks anywhere on the inner fender. I have a OME HD lift. About 122K miles on the Jeep.
We jacked it up today, no play in the wheels. We suspect it's the axle shaft? Front diff bushings were replaced earlier in the year and ball joints seem ok..
I plan on taking to my mechanic on Monday to see what he says, but, is there anything else I should look at? Or steer him to?
T-case is possible but the symptoms, particularly the occurrence during turns point more towards the front diff.
If you look at the bottom of the thread I posted, I describe a theory behind the failure both with and without throwing a code. From what I can tell its perfectly possible for the thing to lock up for some time before the computer notices.
Couple things with the t-case:
- Every time I've seen something go wrong in there which causes it to act funny it throws a code for clutch performance, usually related to the actuator motor/sensor.
- These things send power to the front tires even in turns. So even if the t-case locked up, the front diff would do its normal thing to distribute power side to side in a way which mostly prevented windup. I've yet to see an instance where that windup was caused by anything other than the front diff locking up when it shouldn't.
I could be dead wrong, but if nothing else, the front diff solenoid is like $30 and a couple hours to replace in your driveway. You might even get away with just a fluid change and not have to get into the solenoid at all. Certainly cheaper than digging into the t-case so from my perspective worth a shot to start out with.
When he diagnosed it, it was just from driving. Unfortunately, I think he's stuck on the old systems from the WJs and doesn't have a lot of experience with our system in the WK.
We checked the fluid on all three: front diff, rear diff and tcase. Rear diff is black. Thinking perhaps that could be the issue? So, given I'm out of warranty on this damn Jeep now, we plan to change the rear and see what happens with the issue.
I'm wondering how long it may take a fluid change to see a change, days? A week? Should I change the front as well even though it was still good in color? Could the issue be caused by the rear?
How long have you had the vehicle? If you just got it, there is a chance the diff fluid doesn't have a limited slip additive. In that case, even new looking fluid could cause a problem. If you have owned it a while, the lack of additive is unlikely to cause a sudden problem. Certainly wouldn't hurt to replace it, but probably less likely to help.
The same issue can certainly impact the rear diff however the symptoms would be a bit different. You will feel the lockup less in the steering wheel. Will be more of an issue of the rear tires chirping round turns. If the fluid needs replacing anyways certainly a good place to start regardless.
It takes a little while for the fluid to make its way into the clutch packs and through the pump. I'd say no more than a day or two however depending on how much you drive.
I've had it since 2012, about 30k in mileage since then. We were under the impression the dealer would of changed the fluid but that's our mistake. I'll look into changing the front as well.
I guess the plan will be change it and see what happens? Any particular brands you'd recommend?