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What would cause my jeep to seem to be binding up in the drive train after it warms up from normal driving?

While in drive it doesn't seem to be to bad but when I put it in reverse and turn the wheel to turn it feels like it is binding up when it starts rolling backwards?

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Put the transmission in neutral, emergency brake off, foot off the brake pedal, now try shifting out of 4 wheel drive low. If that doesn't work, drive forward, and again do the above, trans. in neutral, roll to a stop, foot off brake, try to disengage. What you're probably experiencing is called drive shaft 'wind up', and it is very difficult to disengage, but do the above and it should shift out of 4 low. countrycurt0

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have you tried a rolling shift? leave trans in drive and try moving 4x4 lever. it works on mine!

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maybe the speed sensor on the transmission monitors transmission speed and sends info to computer to control shifting not sure if this is helpful

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SOURCE: All wheel drive jeep grand cherokee stutters when turning

You are correct about the joint binding. Generally though unless it is really bad, they just run dry and bind making any external observation pretty much invalid. You really should try and figure out which side is binding and remove that axle and try to move the joint by hand. Very easy to tell if it's bad then.

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If your driving on sealed roads with 4wd engaged it will bind up the drive train and cause these issues.

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I shifted into 4 wheel drive then the lever popped out of the fixture & doesn't work the jeep is now stuck in 4 wheel drive

crawl under the vehicle and look on the drivers side of the transfer case. You will see the shift lever. With the e-brake set, or the wheels chalked, pop the lever back to the 2wd position. This will at least save the drive train until you can get the in car lever repaired.

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When I select 4 wheel drive, why does it feel as though it is binding or dragging and whining while driving?

Depending on the specific vehicle many 4WD have a transfer case that will lock the front and rear drives shafts together. This configuration is only for slippery conditions like ice and snow or very wet or off road. When turning the radius is different between the front and rear so there is a lot of feedback to the steering wheel. This is created by the fact the front set of wheels and the rear set of wheels must make the same number of turns because of the locked transfer case.

If you attempt to drive on high friction surfaces the stress to the drive train is excessive and will cause damage. The whine and the bunny hop is the drive train attempting to release this tension. If you were on a slippery surface the tires would have much less resistance turning at slightly different rates.

Also critical is the tire size need to be the same. However even with perfectly matched tires the problem on dry surfaces remain the same.

The AWD vehicles are equipped with a third differential that allows for the difference between the rotation of the drive shafts so it can drive on dry pavement no problem. Some configurations allow the AWD to have the transfer case locked which falls into the first category where dry pavement is prohibited.

Some Jeeps have a viscous coupling in the transfer case that permits limited slip between front to rear but the resistance to slip increases as the deference increases as in the event one tire is slipping
These Jeeps still have the lock up option in the transfer case requiring dry pavement when engaged.

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Part time light stays on

if you drive in 4wd, on dry pavement , that is normal
normal for bad usage....
that is because, you did that and now the drive line winds up
and causes it to stick in 4wd, thus the light.
if not really stuck in 4wd then the switch is bad.
if not on dirt or ice stay out of 4wd. (part time)
and that wont happen.

ok say its on ice, then you have real problem,
but you never said what your driving on. ice ,dirt or pavement.

part time facts
the bind is bad news. not just switches stuck.

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that is because you have Part time 4wd? (what do you have)?
and must not drive on pavement free of ice.
its now winding up the drive train, bad for it too.

drive, to dirt, sand, gavel or grass and shift out of 4wd.
or jack up 1 tire, and same,
one tire must be on slippery surface. at least.

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you shouldnt be in 4 wheel drive on bitumen you will get "bind up" of drive train which can cause damage or excessive freeplay in other components in drive train, inspect freeplay in universal joints on tailshafts, centre bearing and diff backlash specs, some backlash is quite normal, inspect trans/transfer case mounts also.

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When turning in 4 wheel drive it feels like my tires are flat or are dragging. is this normal?

When you have 4x4 engaged, you take the differentiation out of the equation to allow the tires to turn at different speeds. With no differentiation between the tires, you drive train binds up. What you are feeling is the binding forces overcoming the traction of the tires on the road surface and relieving the stress on the components.

If you are feeling this binding, you are driving on a hard, high-traction surface which does not require 4x4. In loose, slick or low-traction situations, your tires slip slightly so the drive train does not build up stress on components.

Using 4x4 in situations where it is not necessary can lead to premature failure of locking hubs and other driveline components.

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93' Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo brakes while steering

If the diff is really low it may be overheating and binding but it would have to be really low or have a mechanical problem to begin with.
Tires can cause binding because different manufacturers tires with the same #s have a different diameter (I know they should all be the same but they are not). This should cause problems if you have all wheel drive or are using 4 wheel drive (both ends of vehicle will be trying to go different speeds...Same holds true for different ratio diffs)If you have little experience with this stuff have someone go over it for you, It will cost less than blowing up the transfer case or something!!!

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