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Old 02-10-2010, 09:35 AM   #1
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Cool Jerky steering when turning in 4WD

First, let me say this is my first Jeep ever and im still learning things about it. In PA, we've been getting rocked with snow and ive been in 4WD a lot lately. I have noticed that when making a sharp turn on pavement, the steering wheel jerks. I have no idea whats going on and if its even normal... ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:38 AM   #2
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You don't want to run 4x4 on any dry pavement the front wheels will turn faster in the turn making the transfercase bind up try to run the 4x4 only in the slick spots

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That is typical when driving on dry pavement. It is a great test to see if your 4 wheel drive works when testing a potential new Jeep. ^^ Agree, not a good idea to run 4x4 on dry pavement.
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It's normal. All four wheels are traveling different distances but are being turned at the same speed which binds them up. You don't feel it as much on dirt because they slip a little.
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Well thanks a million folks! Yea i do realize it's not good to ride 4WD on pavement so i do disengage it when it isnt absolutely needed. Again, thanks a lot for the info!
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:12 PM   #12
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I just wanted to chime in and say a big Thank You for the replies in this post!

I'm also a pretty fresh-baked Wrangler owner ('97 TJ) and experienced the same worry. I didn't move the Jeep for most of the snow storm here in DC but finally had to make a trip to the store. In order to maximize the chance of getting my spot back when I returned I didn't bother TOO much with shoveling and just let the Jeep do the work. Figured no 2WDs could get into my spot. The Jeep performed admirably. But when making...ehm..U-turns on the street and also tight turns in the parking garage at Target I definitely noticed something I haven't in 2H or in my previous cars - the Jeep becomes jerky and the steering wheel bucks. Sounds like once I entered the parking garage and once I was on dry(ish) pavement I should have kicked it back into 2H.

That being said - what's the worst-case scenario here? In other words, what happens when the transfer case binds up, i.e. when I take tight turns without remembering to put it back into 2H, and what are the chances of something bad happening? I certainly drive in 2H 95% of the time, unless 4WD is needed.

So, thanks again everyone!!
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:43 PM   #13
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it should only happen when you turn rather sharply so one way to make it not happen as much, if you can't take it out of 4 due to conditions, is to maybe turn a 4 point turn into like a six point turn and so forth.

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