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Front End Binding- PLEASE HELP!

Recently purchased a 2006 Grand Cherokee with Quadradrive II. The front end is binding. It only happens when it is cold. After I drive for about 5 min it goes away. I replaced the fluid in the front differential (including friction modifier) and the binding came back almost immediately. When I went to get the fluid changed in the front differential the mechanic said the fluid was burnt up and low. Am I looking at a new front differential or can this problem be resolved in another way? Should I add another 4 oz of friction modifier?
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Re: Front End Binding- PLEASE HELP!

if the fluid was low and burnt , That is not a good sign ? did they find where the fluid was leaking from?

It only calls for 4 oz so thats all I would put in
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Re: Front End Binding- PLEASE HELP!

I would try and change the fluid in the transfer case as well. That solved my front-end binding issues. Doesn't make total sense to me either but it worked.
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Re: Front End Binding- PLEASE HELP!

How many miles are on your WK? and how many miles did you drive on the new front diff fluid before your mechanic said it was low and burnt?

In regards to both diffs, your supposed to fill until the fluid starts to come out of the fill hole. And ONLY 4oz (1 bottle) per diff of the modifier is needed.

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Try the transfer case fluid and see what happens. Im beginning to believe something isint right in your front diff OR your trans case is on its way out. Pay attention to the color of the fluid that comes out of the trans case when you drain it. Look for any kind of metal flakes or chips in the oil.

I just changed mine this past summer at 54k and the fluid was pretty clean that drained out barely and difference bewteen the old fluid and new (color wise). I hope that gives you a bearing on how your fluid SHOULD look like at your mileage. And dont mind the smell, it totally normal... youll see what i mean when your start draining it
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