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My 1998 107,000 miles grand cherokee v8 4x4 when making tight turns on dry pavement it seems like the front tires jump a bit and strains... it has a shifter with the option to be on 4 all time - n - 4 low. when placed in "n", that is the 4 x 4 shifter, the truck does not move. is this normal. Also, whats the proper way to shift from 4all time to 4 low? thank you

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  • driveby22 Sep 28, 2010

    MY 98 JEEP DOES NOT OFFER 2H ON THE 4X4 SHIFTER, ITS ONLY OPTIONS ARE 4ALL TIME,N,4 LOW. EVEN WHEN IN PARK OR NEUTRAL AND TRYING TO SWITCH FROM 4 ALL TIME TO 4 LOW U KIND OF HEAR GRIDING...

  • driveby22 Sep 29, 2010

    IS THERE ANY WAY TO JUST DRIVE ON TWO WHEEL DRIVE? TO PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM STRAINING, TIRES SKIPING WHEN MAKING TIGHT TURNS. IT CAN NOT BE NORMAL FOR THE VEHICLE TO BEHAVE IN SUCH MANNER..

  • driveby22 Sep 30, 2010

    I DIDNOT MENTIONED ANYTHING ABOUT A RIGHT TURN, I SAID WHEN TURNING AT VERY SLOW SPEED YOU FEEL THE FRONT TIRES LIKE IF THEY WERE SKIPPING.YOUR ANSWER REGARDING 4 LOW IS SENCELESS OFCOURSE YOU HAVE TO DRIVE SLOW IN 4 LOW.

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Hi! Just a thought on this.... Please try this... Shift it to drive then stop then shift it to reverse. This may reset the transmission performance. Hope this helps and thank you for using FIxya!

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Your query number 1. The problem with right turn could be due to improper wheel alignment. Please have it checked and rectified.
Query number 2. You must understand that the 4WD, when put in Low will have more power and less speed. Hence it should be engaged after slowing down. Also the N means Neutral. At N the vehicle will not move (if stationery). This is normal.

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You should never need 4 time low. As for the jumping and strains sounds like it may be a u joint problem. I would have them/the front end checked. I believe that answers all your questions if you need further assistance let me know.
Thank you,
Lee

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    Lee A. Sep 29, 2010

    No this has all time 4 wheel drive, you should get the front end checked out and they will be able to tell you what is wrong. it still sounds like a possible u-joint problem but could be something more serious like front differential. Once the whole car is up on jackstands then it will help to tell.
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If you use 4WD on dry pavement, you may experience your tires jumping occassionally in order to relieve tension that builds up in the transfer case from the axles turning at a slightly different speed. This puts a lot of strain on all components from the differentials to the drive shafts, and most especially on the transfer case. You may, in fact, total your transfer case by causing it to bind up. One axle is trying to to make 1/2 rotation while the other wants to make a full rotation after a turn in which the front wheels travel farther than the rear wheels.

Therefore, YOU MUST NEVER USE 4 HI or 4 LO ON DRY PAVEMENT.


Normally, you should leave your Jeep in 2H almost all the time. If you go off-road, and you need more traction, you can put the Jeep into 4H and have four wheel drive. These two gears are called "high" because they retain the standard gear ratio in the transfer case for normal operation at normal speeds. If you switch into Neutral, this is not the same as neutral in your transmission. It disengages the gears in the transfer case. Usually this is used when you want to tow the Jeep with some wheels touching the ground. It frees up the wheels completely from the engine output. Lastly is the mysterious 4L.

4L is very low gearing. Depending on your transfer case model, you get low or really low gears. The Jeep will not go very fast in this setting, but incredible amounts of power are delivered to the wheels for use in extreme conditions.

Additional details about HOW TO WORK your Quadra-Trac II visit this link: 4x4/how_systems_work/quadra_trac_2

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    ZJ Limited Sep 29, 2010

    I have a '93 GC Limited, 5.2L V8, then when I engage to LOW, first keep in N the main shift, move from 4All to 4Low, could any noise when engage, then, move the main shoft to 1 or 2 gear; is dont move, or LOW isnt engage or any internal Trans problem.

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    ZJ Limited Sep 30, 2010

    If it possible to work only in 4x2, for that you should physically disconnect the driveshaft.

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Yes, this is normal. When going in a tight circle then the inside tire doesn't have to turn near as many times as the outside tire. Which puts a strain on the front differential.
Shifting from 4 high to 4 low. You should come to a complete stop.Put the transmission in either park or neutral. Then shift to 4 low.

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