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Old April 9th, 2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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ive got a 2002 tahoe im trying to figure out for a friend and long story short the front diff got tight from a broken adjuster and it smoked the transfer case. rebuilt the t-case and front diff and now ive got a bind when turning (feels like its in 4x4) its not in 4x4. i pulled the front driveshaft to be extra sure. it still binds. the front diff is completely un locked and free spinning.

i cannot find anything............ when you turn the wheel and back up or go forward it looks like a tandem axle trailer that you are turning sharp with.....


i had it aligned because i put an idler and pitman on it while the diff was out.

he said its a new problem since the front diff, t-case and idler,pitman

any ideas?????
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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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I had a 2000 do this my actuator was bad, some how it would engaged when not in 4wd.

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I had a 2000 do this my actuator was bad, some how it would engaged when not in 4wd.
that is what i was thinking too but the frontend is unlocked. i put it on my hoist and you can spin the pinion and neither axle spins and you spin the front tires togather and the pinion doesnt spin. i might pull the actuator out and try one just to see what happens.
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bad bearings or cv ? any grinding ?
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bad bearings or cv ? any grinding ?
they both feel fine and no grinding
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I did a rf wheel bearing 3 months ago and they both feel ok still
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Is this an auto trac tcase if so did you use the at2 fluid should be blue in color. Also I see you rebuilt the tcase may have to much pre load on the clutches does the shaft spin free or with effort.

whoop's did not see you pulled the front drive shaft, I would still look at the actuator or I think there is a speed sensor on the tcase that could be going bad.

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Is this an auto trac tcase if so did you use the at2 fluid should be blue in color. Also I see you rebuilt the tcase may have to much pre load on the clutches does the shaft spin free or with effort.

whoop's did not see you pulled the front drive shaft, I would still look at the actuator or I think there is a speed sensor on the tcase that could be going bad.
yes has auto trac 2 fluid
i pulled the actuator today and its all the way in (as in disengaged) the slide for the fork in the front diff also moves freely.
its definetly a bind in the front so that leads me to believe that the t-case isnt the culprit.....

im gonna bring it to my alignment guy tomorrow and see if anything jogs his memory. im thinking its got to be in the steering geometry somehow....

ill report tomorrow after i talk to him and let him drive it
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I may have a similar issue with my 93 xj. It has a weird bind when you steer left or right. It's only in the first 5-10 degrees of turning either way, after that it is smooth and easy like it should be.
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I may have a similar issue with my 93 xj. It has a weird bind when you steer left or right. It's only in the first 5-10 degrees of turning either way, after that it is smooth and easy like it should be.
Check your front axle joints.
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Did you figure it out? If the idler and pitman arm have been changed any chance the center link is on backwards? I have seen this multiple times. Looks good on alignment machine but drastically changes toe on turns. Look under and make sure the curve where the inner tie rods thread on is towards the cv axles.
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