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Old 12-30-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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2010Using 4wd in high going through snow (bumping in the steering wheel normal?)

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we just got a blizzard in nyc this last weekend, i had never used 4wd in the snow before this weekend, when making a tight turn in 4wd high (steering wheel turned all the way in either direction) i noticed that the wheel bumped me back going through the snow. is this normal? my next check up at the dealer will probably be in march. go now? or is this normal?

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This is completely normal. 4wd keeps both front wheels turning at an even rotation. When you make a sharp turn, one of those wheels is having to travel farther than the other.

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Old 12-30-2010, 01:37 PM   #3
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It's normal... My 97 tj does the same thing but it doesn't do it in slippery conditions like snow. Mine will do it on the pavement. It sounds like you were on a patch of drive pavement. When your making a hard turn it will feel like the wheel is pulsating from left to right. Correct?
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Yeah 4wd on pavement no good when it comes to the transfer cases used on the wranglers
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I have the same condition, and I recognize that it's from being in 4WD, BUT! . . . I've tried, numerous times, to get the T-case OUT of 4W mode and back to 2WD, but I can't make it happen. Interestingly, when I get on some snow and spin the tires, only the rears spin...yet I still get the 4WD bump on dry pavement turns. Any suggestions?
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I have the same condition, and I recognize that it's from being in 4WD - BUT! . . . I've tried, numerous times, to get the T-case OUT of 4W mode and back to 2WD, but I can't make it happen. Interestingly, when I get on some snow and spin the tires, only the rears spin...yet I still get the 4WD bump on dry pavement turns. Any suggestions?
Wait . . . You've been STUCK in 4wd for how long now?
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Coupl'a days...since the snow on Monday. Running straight it's no problem. It's only on turns that I feel the bump.
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Coupl'a days...since the snow on Monday. Running straight it's no problem. It's only on turns that I feel the bump.
It's a big problem. You shouldn't be exceeding 50 mph and, just as a general matter, Wranglers are designed as part time 4wd systems. You need to get it serviced pronto.
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It's a big problem. You shouldn't be exceeding 50 mph and, just as a general matter, Wranglers are designed as part time 4wd systems. You need to get it serviced pronto.
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Hey everyone. thanks for all the advice, it turns out i was locking out the steering wheel in each direction which caused the bumping. the lesson here is don't go lock to lock in four wheel drive.


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