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When I put the vehicle into 4x4 low and turn there is a loud clunk sound coming from what sounds like the direction the car is being turned to. The car also feels to be getting some resistense when it is in corners in 4wheeldrive. also in auto, high or low and the vehicle needs traction on the front wheels there is a squeak that apears to occur every rotation of the wheels.

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The Squeak per rotation can be the CV joints inside the rubber boots. The boots are behind the front wheels. A dry joint will fail if not lubed. Sometimes it takes a little friction to warm the grease inside the joint so it will flow to every portion. There are some aftermarket boot kits but the band on either end will allow for access to add grease. Then all you would need is a replacement band and the tool to install it. Autozone or Oreillys loan some tools, they may have the one you need.

For the resistence problem, this is normal. When you are in 4x4 the front wheels will not turn sharply anymore. They will appear to jam. You will have a wider turn radius.

The clunk into LOW 4x4 is also normal. However, if the clunk really is in the direction of the turn you should check the Balljoints and tierod ends. The stress of a freewheeling tire in 2 wheel drive is different than the stress of a drive wheel in 4x4. You can have excess play in one of these parts.

I hope my Reply has helped you and Thanks for using Fixya.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010

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