Hey guys, new to the forum! Long time XJ lover! maybe someone can point me in the right direction with this problem..
My mom drove our 89 automatic XJ off the lot brand new a year before I was born. I had it all through high school, and now I'm using it in college. Great little jeep.
Tonight I got done with an exam, went out to the parking lot to head home, and as soon as I braked (lightly) for the first time there was a hard dropping boom sound, followed by (what sounded like) rear tire lockup. After that point I couldn't drive forward; the jeep tried but it was almost like some sort of brake was holding it back. I put it in reverse and backed up just fine, and then could drive forward again just fine until I braked, follwed by the same dropping lockup thing.
Backed up again, tried putting it in 4 wheel drive but could not get transfer case to engage past 4H. Physically couldn't pull it hard enough to put it in neutral even and didnt want to break it.
Finally got it rolling and slowly headed home, but randomly at like 20mph with no braking tires locked up again and i started fish tailing.
Some sweet girl behind me asked if I needed help pushing, which i declined. Then some a**hole honked obnoxiously at me as he passed because i was in the middle of the road and couldnt move. gosh i wanted to shoot that guy!
Anyways, i believe its a Tcase problem, but i can't figure out why it would work fine in reverse but not in drive. Thoughts? Appreciate any advice!!!