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4x4 transimission clunks when engaged?

I just started having a problem with the transmission of a jeep cherokee sport, 4.0 4 wheel drive - when engaging the 4 wheel drive, it clunks at first, seems like its not engaging, then, once i am moving forward/reverse it engages fully and as soon as I slow down again, it begins to clunk. It feels like its not engaging fully?

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  • joej33 May 15, 2009

    I do use the 4H - N - 4L lever and that is when it clunks several times, as I give it gas, before fully engaging and then as soon as I slow down again it will start to clunk until I come to a full stop. I have been engaging the 4x4 while the transmission is in nuetral and dis-engaging again while in nuetral. in the past, i've engaged it will the transmission is engaged and only have recently tried engaging while in nuetral as it was feeling kind of funny. I think I will try it with transmission engaged (in drive) and I only use 4x4 on dirt roads. I'll get back to you on monday and let you guys know how things worked switching from 4x2 to 4x4. thanks!!!

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    siunds like a bad internal coupler...have it checked by a reputable shop.

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When engaging the 4WD system, you are pulling the lever on the Transfer Case right? Not the transmission, it's a different gearbox.
There were several versions of transfer cases that used both full and part-time 4 wheel drive.
From your description this sounds like a part-time transfer case.
Going with that, it is somewhat normal to hear and feel a mild clunk when engaging 4WD high range, especially if you are at a complete stand-still or under full throttle.
Try engaging 4WD High while slowly rolling at idle - no throttle. It should pull in fairly smoothly.
Once 4WD is engaged it will literally LOCK the front and rear axles together. So do not do it on hard dry pavement.
These older style 4WD systems need a little "give" especially when turning. The engineers assume you are not engaging 4WD unless you are in a somewhat slippery scenario.
Many CV joints, axles, U-Joints, differentials, and transfer cases are damaged and broken by folks who don't understand this.
Reading the owners manual should provide a clearer description of what you've got.
Bear in mind that when you come out of 4WD it may not completely release, again due to hard pavement binding up the axles. You can try this: backing up 10-25 feet in a straight line, or getting one set of wheels on the shoulder or in some gravel. That should allow it to release the transfer case and go back to everyday 2WD high.
I hope this helps.
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