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When turn the wheel seems like something is hanging up kinda like the 4x4 is trying to kick in 02 explorer

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  • agggjg2 Mar 09, 2009

    i have the awd 2002 model with the 4.0 motor

  • agggjg2 Mar 09, 2009

    say when u are trying to park and u turn the wheel to the left you hear a clunk and like there was a brake hanging up

  • agggjg2 Mar 09, 2009

    well my tires are brand new they are not that old i took the front drive shaft out it seems better but not sure it did not bind up like it did before the rear bearings seem like they are tight any other advice

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin May 11, 2010

    That may be what you are feeling.

    I assume it is equipped with 4X4 if so what system do u have. Is it AWD or is it electronic 4X4?

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If it is the AWD then it uses a vicious coupling to engage 4WD. It has a special fluid in the coupling that heats up and engages it.
First thing to check is the circumference of the tires. If you have over 1/2 difference in tire size this will cause this. You haven't replaced say 2 tires on it have you?
To check this take a piece of chalk and make a mark on the bottom of the tires and your driveway. Then roll the vehicle until chalk mark comes all the way around and back to the bottom.Then mark the driveway again. Then measure the distance between the 2 marks. Measure all 4 tires this way and if you have more than 1/2 difference this could be what is causing your problem.
If you have driven it for a long period of time like this then the coupling may be locked up and it would have to be replaced.

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  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin Mar 09, 2009

    Did you have any play in the drive shaft? Make sure that the center yoke on front axle isn't loose have seen many of these come loose. An the rear joint on the front drive shaft are bad about coming apart. If all that looks ok the the problem will be in the vicious coupling inside the transfer case. They are not that hard to replace but they cost around 800 bucks and if you have alot of miles on vehicle then you would probably need to replace bearings also and a whole reman transfer case is about 1200 or so.

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