Question about 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
Going around a corner, the car feels like a 4 wheel drive truck locked in 4 wheel. On dry pavement, you can hear the tires chirping as the car is slowing down. The car feels like you have one foot on the brake pedal. Pulling into the driveway or a parking space the car will actually come to a stop. When the steering straightens out, you can hear and feel a soft grinding sound.
The clutch in the transfer case is burnt up and fused together therefor binding the powertrain. If you continue to operate it like this it will destroy the front differential and possibly the rear differential. It was most likely cause by the tires not having equal circumference either due to a mismatch of tires (different brands although the same size is indicated on the side wall will have different measurements,I have seen BF Goodrich tires have a different size because speed rating was different although the model was the same) or lack of tire rotation during the life of the tires.. If the measurements are not with in 1/4 inch around the center of the tread this will cause your concern. Tires should always be replaced at all 4 corners on all wheel drive vehicles.
Posted on Oct 19, 2008
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