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Old 08-30-2009, 08:32 AM   #1
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Question clunk/knock while turning

I have an issue with my 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The other day I heard a clunk/knock noise while turning but only when on an incline or decline. I thought it might be a tie rod but it won't do it when normal turning on flat ground or when I just crank the wheel left to right.

Everything seems tight and well greased however I can kind of recreate the noise when I taken the steering stabilizer and and twist it back and forth.

could that be the issue or could it be something else?

someone please help, this is the Jeep of my dreams, I don't want it to die just after I get it!

thanks for your help in advance


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Old 08-30-2009, 08:46 AM   #2
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if you are able to recreate the noise with the steering stabilizer, then i would start there. you can get a new steering stabilizer for under $40 and they are easy to replace yourself. plus, if it is the stock stabilizer then it probably needs to be replaced anyway.

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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I thought about thatbut I don't want to start throwing money into it and have it not be what I am spending all my money on.

any other suggestions?
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:54 AM   #4
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I just picked up my jeep a few weeks ago and had a similar problem. I would hear a clunk while turning at slow speed or when stopped. The whole body was moving then CLUNK. It turned out to be the track bar. I grease gunned it up and no more clunk. I am going to replace it just to be safe. Just based on the construction of the stabilizer (basically a shock) I don't think it would give you a "clunk" while turning. I guess if it was messed up enough anything is possible.

Good luck!
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:03 AM   #5
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its a good idea to make sure everything is greased up. there a multiple spots on the front suspension which have nipples that allow for you to grease the insides of some important joints and parts. a lack of grease could definitely be causing the sound if they haven't been done in a while. check around the back of your wheel housing, should be two spots, then along your track bar, drag link and sway bar links,

http://4x4xplor.com/images/alignment/alignment01.jpg

also check your sway bar itself. the bolts on the brace that secure the sway bar around the frame may be loose this would cause that clunking sound on turns.

And a busted steering stabalizer couls be the culpret as well. i had mine go two winters ago and i own a '97. GL!
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help everybody.

I broke down and took it to a shop today and they said that my sway bar link is going out. he told me how to fix it, and that should take care of the clunk. if it doesn't i'll probably repost.

thanks again

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Old 08-31-2009, 08:40 PM   #7
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I had that problem, turns out one of the body lift pucks was loose.
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I have an issue with my 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The other day I heard a clunk/knock noise while turning but only when on an incline or decline. I thought it might be a tie rod but it won't do it when normal turning on flat ground or when I just crank the wheel left to right.

Everything seems tight and well greased however I can kind of recreate the noise when I taken the steering stabilizer and and twist it back and forth.

could that be the issue or could it be something else?

someone please help, this is the Jeep of my dreams, I don't want it to die just after I get it!

thanks for your help in advance


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