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Part time four wheel drive

When i turn the wheel it feels as if it's still in part time four wheel drive . The front end seems to push or the wheels plow in the sand on the tar when turning . My technichian tells me that this model , a 1996 cherokee country stays in part time four wheel drive all the time . It doesn't make sence to me , the light is'nt on ,. when i pull the lever back one it will light up saying 4 wheel part time , then full , neutral and low range , he says this is when they first started to have full time 4 by 4 . Please help me with this .

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This is due to the type of differential used.

I suspect this is a limited-slip differential, which locks up when one set of wheels starts to spin.

You can get problems with these when they age. The simplest fix is to change to a lighter fluid, as this will reduce the friction effect - thus giving you lighter steering and saving tyre wear.

You may as well change fluids in all diffs.

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I have a 98 durango and it sometime does the same thing. i asked a mechanic and they told me that it is still partly engaged. the thing that i found to help is if you can, put the car in neutral disengadge part time, then back up for at least about 20 feet. that is what i found would help.

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