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Old 07-22-2008, 08:32 PM   #1
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so heres what happend. went wheeling on sunday thru some giant ditches n what not and eventually came up to a dam with cement with alot of high angles. so i rode around on cement for about 2 minutes in 4WD (whoops). im going down this cement ramp and take a hard turn and for 2 seconds there was a big chugchugchug noise and the vehicle shook. i drove around a bit more trying to recreate the scenerio and nothing happend. it was a freak thing. but im wondering what it was?
i check my jeep after i go wheelin. either iv never noticed or i messed up my steering stablizer. its stock, and the casing is cracked and it can spin freely. not sure if this is the problem or not.

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:40 PM   #2
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so heres what happend. went wheeling on sunday thru some giant ditches n what not and eventually came up to a dam with cement with alot of high angles. so i rode around on cement for about 2 minutes in 4WD (whoops). im going down this cement ramp and take a hard turn and for 2 seconds there was a big chugchugchug noise and the vehicle shook. i drove around a bit more trying to recreate the scenerio and nothing happend. it was a freak thing. but im wondering what it was?
i check my jeep after i go wheelin. either iv never noticed or i messed up my steering stablizer. its stock, and the casing is cracked and it can spin freely. not sure if this is the problem or not.
Making sharp turns on a hard surface such as cement or asphalt while the front axle is engaged results in wheel bind, where the wheel on the inside of the turn goes a shorter distance than the wheel on the outside of the turn. The wheels skip and or drag. You should only utilize 4 wheel drive on soft or slippery surfaces, not cement.
You mentioned that the casing is cracked. What casing are you speaking of? Axle, Front differential or Transfer Case?

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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the steering stablizer has about 4, 1 inch cracks on the right side of the tube.and it spins freely around if you turn it.

yeah i know about 4wd on cement. i just f'ed up and forgot.

so basicly. hard turn + hard surface = wheel bind. hopefully no damage was done.
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in myopinion your fine. your just had wheel bind. as far as the steering stab its just a cover that is spinning. the stab is prolly fine. If it bugs you and you want it changed i got mine for 20 bucks and i had to use a tie rod end puller to get it off.
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