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Old 05-28-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Exclamation could really use some help on this

So I've been letting my friend drive my 97 tj for a little while his car was in the shop. I've had it back about two days now and there is a really loud clicking type sound coming from the front center of the jeep. I've been trying to figure out what it is on my own but am about to give up because I see nothing. I just replaced almost the entire front end about a month ago so I know its not from up there. I'm wondering if it might be the u-joint going into the front differential or something my serious like the clutch ( my friend isn't that skilled with manual transmissions).

Everything I read, for the most part was talking about the sound being associated to the rpm's of the engine. In my case however think clicking is tied to the speed, even if I'm rolling down hill with the engine idling I still here the clicking.

If anyone has any idea on what could be making this sound the input would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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Check all u joints in front and the front d.s.
Also maybe the throw out bearing.

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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Is it when you're driving straight or turning? If it's when turning only, my guess would be a ball joint or one of the front axle u joints. Do you have lockers up front? If so, maybe your friend accidentially engaged it and tried to turn. (Similar to being in 4low and trying to turn on dry pavement)
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #4
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Is it when you're driving straight or turning? If it's when turning only, my guess would be a ball joint or one of the front axle u joints. Do you have lockers up front? If so, maybe your friend accidentially engaged it and tried to turn. (Similar to being in 4low and trying to turn on dry pavement)
My first thought would have been the ball joints then the u-joints at the knuckle but I just replaced all of the about a month ago. It makes the sound whenever I'm moving, not just turning. I'm probably going to replace u-joints this weekend and see how that goes.
Any other ideas are welcome though, I'd like to work on the actual problem so when I'm done it's fixed lol
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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Assuming it's coming from the front, I would start with the CV knuckle, then the u joint closest to the transfer case, then the one at the diff. If it's the rear, then replace the the one closest to the transfer case first, then the one at the diff.

Or, you could just do everything at once with upgraded/stronger Spicer joints and not have go worry about it again...
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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I think that'll be my weekend project. U-joints from the front differential back... if that doesn't take care of it I'll come up with something else. Lol Thanks for the input guys, it is very much appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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Just thought I'd give a little update. It's one of the U-joints in the drive shaft between the transfer case and the front differential. I got a little curious last night and pulled the shaft out... sound was gone after that. Either way this weekend I'll be doing all the U-joints from there back that way they're all new and don't have to worry about another U-joints for a while.
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Good to know!
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:13 AM   #9
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Well I was close to the right problem. After changing the U-joints and putting the drive shaft back in I started hearing the sound again. While it was out though I saw the CV joint wasn't looking to hot... I tracked down a rebuild kit for the CV joint now and will be changing that soon too. Anyway hopefully this stuff will all be done soon and I'll be able to get back out on the trails soon. In the mean time just just keeping it on the roads :/
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:40 PM   #10
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For the best I suppose... But still stings a little lol.
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Stings a little but could be much worse so I'll take it lol
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Glad you caught it. When that front CV fails it has a nasty habit of splitting the transfer case right in half.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:26 PM   #13
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Wow, didn't know that. Like I said could be much worse! Lol
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:00 AM   #14
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Glad you caught it. When that front CV fails it has a nasty habit of splitting the transfer case right in half.
Kinda like this... Lol
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:22 AM   #15
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Wow, that does not look good. Same problem with the CV joint going that caused this?
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:52 AM   #16
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Yeah I've seen 2 threads in the past year or 2 that had blown T-case like his.

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