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post #1 of 7 Old 12-06-2019, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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rear end of 04 Cherokee sliding or fishtailing

Hi, just a shade tree mechanic here. My wife's 04 Cherokee on relatively dry roads would fishtail or slide with any power put to the back wheels last night. Did not see anything hanging down. Wheels left even/flat tracks, steering was fine, did not get to check rear struts. Could not apply any power without it sliding sideways. She reported a knocking noise prior to the issue for about a week (wish I had known). Will code check tonight. Any advice?

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-07-2019, 07:10 AM
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If I had to guess, I'd say your rear suspension bushings are worn out and the rear axle is shifting. The '01 I picked up last month feels that way with steering input when coming of a straight course. The rear feels loose and vague until it settles. New rear control arms are next on my list.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-07-2019, 08:41 AM
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Same thing here, felt like I had rear steering. Rebuilt rear end (and front) all parts from Kolak, new 2' lift springs, arms, etc, very plush ride but corners flat sort of like a Lambo
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Just wondering......was it snowing or wet? Second question how are the tires?
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Thanks great advice

Awesome guys. I,m pretty good at water pumps and wheel bearings but this was a new area for me. Great input.
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Thanks!
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-09-2019, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Two answer the question, tires are new and road had a little snow cover (but we drive in that all the time and know how it feels). I just came down the same road in a front wheel drive hatch and noticed no road surface issues.
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