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Old 04-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Hi guys. I have an issue. When I'm driving in like a straight line or in normal 2wd, I don't have an issue, or at least don't hear one. But when I turn the wheel all the way, even in 2wd, I hear a clicking noise. This problem only gets worse when the jeep is in 4wd. Is it the ball joint? Can I go wheeling with it like this? (I haven't yet). Thanks for any help!

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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More likely an axle U joint problem.

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Old 04-21-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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Were you turning with the jeep in 4wd on pavement? If so, you could have damaged something (likely the front axle ujoints) because of the bind. Are you sure there is no automatic locker in the front? Many will click when turning as they allow the axle shafts to move at different speeds.

The ujoints are most likely, but could it be something with your steering gear box or pump? You started another thread about it being rough after wheeling one day. Maybe damage occurred?
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Sounds like an auto locker to me. I would check the front diff for a locker.
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Sounds like an auto locker to me. I would check the front diff for a locker.
It won't be a locker because auto lockers don't click when in 4wd, plus you'll KNOW when you have a locker. Let me know what happens, Jake.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:10 AM   #6
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It won't be a locker because auto lockers don't click when in 4wd, plus you'll KNOW when you have a locker. Let me know what happens, Jake.
Sure thing Wissam, after all, this problem is the reason I'm riding shotgun with you at Bundy!!
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Were you turning with the jeep in 4wd on pavement? If so, you could have damaged something (likely the front axle ujoints) because of the bind. Are you sure there is no automatic locker in the front? Many will click when turning as they allow the axle shafts to move at different speeds.

The ujoints are most likely, but could it be something with your steering gear box or pump? You started another thread about it being rough after wheeling one day. Maybe damage occurred?
Nope I know thats a real bad idea. I should have been more specific sorry. When in 4wd, I had the Jeep in like wet muddy sand.
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More likely an axle U joint problem.
Are you talking about the u joints in the hub, near the wheel? (towards the end of the axle) If so, is there any way, besides removing the u joint, to tell that the part has worn out? Like can I turn the wheel and drive slowly while having a buddy look at the u joint? Thanks for the help
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Grab the front driveshaft while in 2wd and twist it to check for any play. If there is much look at both axle ujoints and you'll be able to tell which one it is if ones bad.
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Grab the front driveshaft while in 2wd and twist it to check for any play. If there is much look at both axle ujoints and you'll be able to tell which one it is if ones bad.
You mean while the truck is turned on or off. The way you said "while its in 2 wheel drive makes me think the truck should be running. I don't imagine that's what you mean tho

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