While driving I hear/feel something in drivers side front wheel almost like a guitar string being 'snapped'. Feels worse than it sounds. Does not seem to happen at any specific time, i.e. cold, turning, high speed, ...
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I'm thinking you have a cv (constant velocity) joint problem.. If so, you'll most likely need to take it to a shop. The cv joints are the joints in the drive axles coming out the side of your trans-axle and going to the front wheel. They are most likely enclosed with rubber boots. These often need changed or serviced on high-mileage vehicles.
Move the passenger side rear tire to the front, and passenger side
front to driver side rear. Switch the driver side rear tire to the
front and driver side front to passenger side rear. Repeat this "X"
pattern each time you rotate the tires. Rotate the tires from side to
side if the tires are different sizes on the front and rear.
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It could be your brakes. Jack up the car, put on safety stands, block front wheels at front and back of tires, put Jeep in neutral, try to spin rear wheels, listen for any rubbing, dragging noise. It could either be brakes not releasing (feel the center of the wheel after driving, is it hot?), or a brake component loose and floating around inside the drum. 'Check this 1st, let me know what you find, then we can continue if necessary.
I also have a 1998 jeep cherokee sport, i was having the same issues so i asked my uncle who is a mechanic.. he told me since the jeep automatically locks the hubs when you put it in 4 wheel drive, sometimes the hub locks get stuck trying to unlock, to solve this when you switch back to 2 wheel drive, reverse like 10 - 15 feet, the wheels spinning the opposite way help unlock the hubs, since i started doing this as soon as i reverse i feel the 4 wheel drive unengage and have not had a problem with it since, give it a try and see if that fixes your problem
Had the same thing ... kept driving for a while. Turned out to be the front left wheel bearing causing the problem but I waited too long ... I was driving on the highway when it failed ... ended up blowing the front diff seal and damaged the diff gears ... .. the damage was mainly caused by the high rate of speed ... Suggest you get the wheel bearing checked ASAP ... My bill ended up being $1200 fro all the repairs ...