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Old 02-19-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Question front wheel hop

I just bought a 2004 tj sport. It's very stock. I have a lift kit ordered but i have an issue. first, the 4wd light doesn"t come on in 4wd mode, that may be a bad lamp but it also has a front wheel hop when i turn hard in either direction even when not in 4wd mode. when I shift into 4 hi it seems to function normally, but aside from disconnecting my rear drive shaft is there an easy to see if my front axle is disconnected in 2wd?
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:27 PM   #2
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I guess the most sensible thing would be to try spinning them...find some sand or something and see if the front wheels spin. Be even more convenient if you could brace your bumper on something so you won't go anywhere. I can't really think of an easier way, unless you can get all four tires off the ground at once.

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Old 02-19-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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First ,probably half the jeeps 4x4 indicator lights don't work.
Try to spin the wheels somehow in 4wd to see if it works or jack up the front wheels in 4wd and check that the driveshaft is engaged. 4lo should be pretty obvious if it works.
Hopping while turning in 2wd could be caused by bad u-joints in the axle shafts.
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All good ideas, I will try when it stops snowing. Thanx to all.
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I just bought my first jeep. It is a 75 cj5 with a chevy 350. I was told it had a straight axle in the rear. It has a 10" lift on 35's. Fiberglass body. Every corner I take causes the rear tires to chirp and it's like putting on the brake. It almost feels like the frontend and rearend are in disagreement. Any info would be appreciated. I believe the steering stabilizer may be bad could that cause it?
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