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Old 01-05-2009, 09:47 AM   #1
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Wheel shakes when turning

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I got a new 08 Wrangler Sahara last week. Everything works find except when I make small turns (same when parking or backing out), my wheel shakes a lot so I had to hold it really tight to control the direction. This happens only when it's on 4WD. When it's on 2WD, the turning is smooth and nothing like that happens. Is that a problem or it's just like that?

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Are you driving on dry pavement or on snow/ice?

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Are you driving on dry pavement or on snow/ice?
On both conditions. But when i switch to 2WD, nothing like that happend
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That is absolutely normal. You shouldn't drive in 4wd on dry pavement. Read your owners manual regarding the use of your 4wd system.
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That is absolutely normal. You shouldn't drive in 4wd on dry pavement. Read your owners manual regarding the use of your 4wd system.
Oh ok...i didn't read the whole thing yet. THanks.
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That is absolutely normal. You shouldn't drive in 4wd on dry pavement. Read your owners manual regarding the use of your 4wd system.
I have another question though. If the roads are partly covered by snow/ice, should i use 2WD or 4WD?
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The wheels have to be able to slip(lose traction) when you make turns(because the fronts have farther to travel than the rears). If they can't slip it damages the driveline. So, if it's not slippery enough for the wheels to slip, use 2WD. It's typical for me go in and out of 4WD alot when the roads are in between snow packed and just wet, or just before I go into a corner that is just wet.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:33 AM   #8
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Downhill in snow or ice, 2wd. Uphill, 4wd.

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The wheels have to be able to slip(lose traction) when you make turns(because the fronts have farther to travel than the rears). If they can't slip it damages the driveline. So, if it's not slippery enough for the wheels to slip, use 2WD. It's typical for me go in and out of 4WD alot when the roads are in between snow packed and just wet, or just before I go into a corner that is just wet.
Is it safe to drive in 2WD on roads that are a little icy or snow covered? because the wrangler is rear-wheel-drive when it's on 2wd, and I was told RWD is not that good on ice/snow...
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I would say 4lo down most snow only covered roads, vs 2wd.
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Is it safe to drive in 2WD on roads that are a little icy or snow covered? because the wrangler is rear-wheel-drive when it's on 2wd, and I was told RWD is not that good on ice/snow...
there are millions of other vehicles on the road doing well with RWD. 4WD without the proper precautions can be more dangerous than RWD. Just use caution in every situation regardless of which mode you are in.

It isn't that RWD isn't decent on ice/snow. It is that 4WD is usually better since you are pushing and pulling the vehicle at the same time. But it isn't a cure all for the road conditions. You won't drive any different with 4WD versus FWD/RWD. You still need to allow more time for take off and stopping.
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I would say 4lo down most snow only covered roads, vs 2wd.
Not downhill. A drive wheel eats traction; you need to maintain as much traction as you can.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:32 AM   #13
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Use 4WD when it's slippery, 2WD when it's not. As for safety in 2WD this new Jeep is very stable and with ESP and near 50/50 weight proportions it is very safe. Do not use 4LO on the road ESP is automatically shut off. 4WD down a slippery hill is better than 2WD because all the wheels tend to do the same thing. ABS will keep them from locking up very well.
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That is absolutely normal. You shouldn't drive in 4wd on dry pavement. Read your owners manual regarding the use of your 4wd system.
This is the best reply yet. Do as the manual says and you wont have any problems.
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Downhill in snow or ice, 2wd. Uphill, 4wd.

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Holy CR.. just reading your story gave me butterflys! very glad to hear you are both ok, I absolutely hate driving in snow!
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If you click the ESP off and the light comes on does that mean it is turned off? IS the ESP automatically on in 2Hi and 4Hi?
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If you click the ESP off and the light comes on does that mean it is turned off? IS the ESP automatically on in 2Hi and 4Hi?
I think it's partly off. There are instructions in the manual how to turn it off completely or partly.
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It is partly off, but you can turn it completely off following the instructions in the manual. It is normally on in 2HI or 4HI.

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