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#1 of 22 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems
Feb 10, 2008 (8:56 pm)
I own 2 JGC Limited's, a 1994 and a 1998. Both have a problem turning at slower speeds.
When I do the 'turn around' on a highway, I have to turn exceptionally wide, etc.
I've replaced the Transfer Case on the 98 and it didn't help. The mech told me it was the 4 wheel drive engaging due to control arm bushings, shocks, and uneven tire wear (after replacing the TC!).
This has to be a somewhat common problem as I have the same problem with both vehicles, I would think. Yet, I can find very little info on the matter.
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.
#2 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [motorhomebill]
Feb 10, 2008 (11:21 pm)
Sounds like both of your JGC's are equipped with the "full-time" transfer cases. If that is the case, there's not much you can do about it. The reason you have such a wide turning radius is because your transfer case is driving both the front and rear axles, and a driven front axle will pull while turning which causes the wide turns. A non-driven front axle is merely being pushed, which doesn't fight against the rear axle like the full-time "push/pull" relationship. This is normal behavior for a full-time equipped 4WD. The only way to change this is to swap in a part-time t-case like the NP231.
#3 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [dixiecrawler]
Feb 11, 2008 (7:32 am)
Thank you for your response and info dixie.
It makes sense, but what doesn't make sense is why (with both vehicles) it wasn't doing this from the start.
Seems it started around 150,000 on both if memory serves rightly.
They both have the QuadraTrac auto 4 wheel drive (or all the time 4 wheel). I haven't been able to find info on this matter and with me having the same problem with two Jeeps four years apart, I would think it is a somewhat common problem.
I haven't taken it to a dealer yet. Holding off as they want $50 to diagnose the problem.
Hopefully I'll find the answer here, first!
#4 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [motorhomebill]
Feb 11, 2008 (9:44 pm)
The problem may have become more prevalent over time due to a couple of things. You might want to check your steering linkage and components for excessive play. Grab either your tie rod or drag link and try to move them from side to side. If they move, that could be your problem. Your steering linkage should be tight. Another thing you may want to check for is worn front axle bearings. Jack up the front end and see if you can rock the wheel back and forth (top to bottom). There shouldn't be any movement there either. Let me know what you find out and we'll see where you need to go from there.
#5 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [dixiecrawler]
Mar 07, 2008 (9:42 am)
Hi - I have the same problem with my 98 JGC Limited Full Time 4 wheel drive V8. It started about a year ago. Happens when I drive about 20 miles. Turning in parking lots gets very difficult. Almost as if the front of the drivetrain is binding. Takes more gas to make the turn. Some parking garages are nearly impossible and can only turn at extremely slow speeds and the tighter the turn the more difficult. Jeep Dealer told me I needed my tranny rebuilt. Rebuilt the tranny and still have the same problem.
#6 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [motorhomebill]
Jun 08, 2010 (11:51 am)
I HAVE A 1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LARADO AND HAD THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH TURNING, MINE HAS 230 THOUSAND MILES ON IT, SKIPPING WHEN TURNING SHARP , FEELING LIKE ITS BINDING UP . I HAD MY FRONT DIFF REBUILT WITH A NEW PINION GEAR AND PROBLEM SOLVED TURNS NICE NOW, ITS NOT JUST A JEEP THING, DONT LET ANYONE TELL U THAT.
#7 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [dwrek]
Jun 08, 2010 (3:34 pm)
could be a bad front wheel bearing or cv joint by the wheel binding trans dosent have anything to do with drive of front wheels that is done by the transfer case
#9 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [irelandmichael]
Jun 14, 2011 (2:01 pm)
I second this opinion, I bought a 98 jeep grand cherokee Laredo that had this issue. First I found that the control arm bushings were bad so I replaced them, made the turning a little bit easier but still have the problem. Had my diff's oil changed and found it to be paste: metal shavings and oil mixed which created paste in both diff's. So since then I realize that the diff's need to be replaced front and rear. I am thinking about doing an E-Locker Conversion but still researching to see if there will be any issues if the front end is limited slip until posi is needed. I am thinking about doing both diff's as E-lockers actually and keep rear diff locked but might try the limited slip to see if there is any issues.
#10 of 22 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Turning problems [irelandmichael]
Jun 23, 2011 (9:13 pm)
my '96 JGC Laredo 4x4 does same if it doesn't disengage the 4 wheel drive totally. I have to stop, drive, forward, then reverse at least 2 wheel revolutions, then go forward. This puts it back in 2 wheel drive correctly. You can always tell the 4x4 is engaged when you can't turn sharp and it jumps or skips on you. I've got 218,000 on mine. I just replaced crank sensor, coolant sensor, and oil gauge sensor because engine was shutting off when driving - bummer & scary on freeways. Hope this fixed problem but still get message "coolant sensor bad".