i have a 88 jeep cherokee with a posi lock cable for front end it is hard to get it to stay in sometimes it pops out and you have to almost keep your hand on it to keep it pulled in it seems anyone know what is wrong with it
Well, 1st off, you are in the YJ forum instead of the XJ forum. (Cherokee is an XJ)
But to answer your question, the cable is adjustable down on the actuator housing. The outer part of the cable needs to be extended to give the cable a longer pull, and that will keep the gear slid over the 2 ends of the axle shafts.
Pull the cable out, like putting it in 4wd. Then crawl under it and take the housing off of the CAD, and look where the collar (the part that the fork slides into) is. It needs to move more to the drivers side to be fully locked in. loosen the cable lock nut, put a wrench on the outer cable housing, and turn the housing (aluminum part that you took off the CAD) like you are loosening it, a cpl turns at a time, re tighten lock nut, install housing and try it. May take a cpl times to get it adjusted properly.
The fork could be bent...its made out of aluminum. or the cable could be stretched from you yanking on it to keep it in 4wd. I stretched a cable on mine from doing that. Then I went to the 1 piece axle shaft from a TJ dana30.
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