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Old 06-16-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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Need help!!

so this morning i was driving to work and i took a right hand turn out of my driveway, and all of a sudden my steering wheel started chattering like 4wd was engaged. so i made a wide turn out of my driveway and engaged and disengaged 4wd to see if that was the issue, still no dice. it continued to happen with every turn i made no matter how fast or slow i took the turn....

about 2 weeks ago i changed my front differential fluid and installed a riddler diff cover, the guy at the napa store reccomended 75-90 gear oil, so naturally thats what i used... when talking to some of the guys i work with they mentioned that that may be the issue and that i need a limited slipp additives even though it is a open diff ( no locker or positrack that i kno of )

please help,

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Old 06-16-2010, 11:27 AM   #2
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:06 PM   #3
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Were you having any problems before the change of fluid? Is the fluid level okay? same as with the OE cover?

No requirement for additives unless you have Trac-Lok. From a 2004 Owner Manual:
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Axle Differential (front-rear) Mopar Hypoid Gear Lubricant (SAE 80W-90) (API GL5) or equivalent. For trailer towing, use a SAE 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Lubricant. Models equipped with Trac-Lok require an additive.
I would put the old cover back on with 80W-90 API GL5 gear oil and see if there's a difference. Apparently something about the cover and fluid change that the differential didn't like.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:24 PM   #4
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No, I wasn't having any issues before the change, and i havent checked the fluid lecel since i changed it, the odd thing is , it was fine for 2 weeks. Would synthetic vs conventional make a difference ?
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:32 AM   #5
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Could be coincidental. Do you think your transfer case is working okay?
When I have mine in 4WD on the highway and then take it out of 4WD, I usually get a delayed "bump" so I know something has happened (changed). Don't know that's typical or not, but it has done it "forever".
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:40 AM   #6
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Leave the Jeep in the 1st gear, jack up one of the front wheels and turn it. If it turns, you are not in 4WD otherwise you are.

Also, check your axle shaft's ujoints!!!

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