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Old 04-03-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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front end clank

Here's my next learning experience...I noticed a clanking noise from my driver side front wheel when i turn and hit a bump,(sounds like metal hitting metal.) Thought it was the shock going bad but it dont seem to make the sound when going straight. Any ideas?

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Have someone turn the wheel while you are watching it and see what happens. Odds are you have something loose in either your steering or trac bar.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:28 PM   #4
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x2 - Steering or trackbar is the most common.
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Old 04-05-2008, 02:52 AM   #5
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I Have the same issue. I actualy think it's the swaybar links (quick disconnects). so I'm going to remove them and see if the noise stops
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:38 AM   #6
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i had that happen to me, it was the sway bar links. just take it off if thats the problem.
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i had that happen to me, it was the sway bar links. just take it off if thats the problem.
I have to go with Stalin on this, but its really hard to diagnose a "clanking" noise on the internet, you know what I mean?
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most likely ur sway bar links are busted at the ball joints. Does it lean more?
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:32 PM   #9
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Just recently I had that same noise come from my front passenger side. The sway bar end link was shot. Stand facing the wheel and rock the truck side to side while watching the end link on the sway bar. You will notice that it looks loose. If so the ball joint is loose. Replace the end link. It is only like $30.
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Just recently I had that same noise come from my front passenger side. The sway bar end link was shot. Stand facing the wheel and rock the truck side to side while watching the end link on the sway bar. You will notice that it looks loose. If so the ball joint is loose. Replace the end link. It is only like $30.
Mine does this too and I have cheap disconnects.
When I turn sometimes theres a CLONK noise.

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Stand facing the wheel and rock the truck side to side while watching the end link on the sway bar. You will notice that it looks loose.
How do you notice it being loose if there is a rubber booth on top of it?
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:51 PM   #13
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Ive been having same issues with mine, turns out passenger side link is shot. Been searching for links, but only come up with disco's. I dont want the disconnects. Where else can I find replacement?. I only have a 2" BB right now.
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OK, I'm a newb with my Jeep. I've had it a year and I'm finally done with college so I'm going to start working on it...

Anyway, I am also having this noise with the steering. It even makes clicking/clunking noise when parked if I move the steering wheel back and forth a couple of inches. It definitely seems like something is loose. I also get mild death wobble at about 53mph (51 to 57) which might be related. My wrangler X is currently stock.

My question, which might be kind of stupid, is how can you have something loose IN the steering or trackbar? Wouldn't it be the actually steering or trackbar that's loose?

Also, is there a how-to on removing sway bar links or replacing the sway bar end-links?
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if it also happens when you brake lift the wheel off the ground and shake it back and forth to see if there is play if there is you hub bearing is probly shot thats what happened to me and when i took it off the thing came off in pieces
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sway bar links are easy. There is 1 bolt that you have to remove and then there is one nut on top. Thats it.

bottom bolt removed and notice the nut on top.. remove that to and thats it.

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I also get mild death wobble at about 53mph (51 to 57) which might be related. My wrangler X is currently stock.

My question, which might be kind of stupid, is how can you have something loose IN the steering or trackbar? Wouldn't it be the actually steering or trackbar that's loose?
There is no such thing as a "mild death wobble". You'll know it when you have it because you'll need a change of shorts when it happens. Either you have death wobble or you don't.

And yes, when someone says "in the steering" they mean its one of the steering components.
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sway bar links are easy. There is 1 bolt that you have to remove and then there is one nut on top. Thats it.

bottom bolt removed and notice the nut on top.. remove that to and thats it.

Thank you! Should I just replace the entire sway bar or the sway bar end-links? In that picture, what is the sway bar end-link?
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There is no such thing as a "mild death wobble". You'll know it when you have it because you'll need a change of shorts when it happens. Either you have death wobble or you don't.

And yes, when someone says "in the steering" they mean its one of the steering components.
Well, I get the wobbling/shaking in the steering pretty bad, but I haven't needed a change of shorts

I've had the wheels balanced, but I'm not sure how precise.
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sway bar links are easy. There is 1 bolt that you have to remove and then there is one nut on top. Thats it.

bottom bolt removed and notice the nut on top.. remove that to and thats it.

Thank you! Should I just replace the entire sway bar or the sway bar end-links? In that picture, what is the sway bar end-link?
just the links. Before you replace them make sure they are bad lol. Remove the nut on top, hit the sway bar up with a rubber mallet or something so it falls out of the link and then move the bolt around. If it moves very freely to where they are wobbling and bouncing around, then they are bad however if they have some tension in them.. leave them as they are still good.

The end links are the only clean shinning black part on my picture (with the white tape on it).

It goes down and connects to that rusty bracket and then on top it connects to the anti sway bar with that one very very rusty nut.
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just the links. Before you replace them make sure they are bad lol. Remove the nut on top, hit the sway bar up with a rubber mallet or something so it falls out of the link and then move the bolt around. If it moves very freely to where they are wobbling and bouncing around, then they are bad however if they have some tension in them.. leave them as they are still good.

The end links are the only clean shinning black part on my picture (with the white tape on it).

It goes down and connects to that rusty bracket and then on top it connects to the anti sway bar with that one very very rusty nut.
Thanks Triple88!

Is there any other parts to check dealing with the steering? And how do I know if those parts are loose? Besides the problems I've mentioned, I get a loose "clunking feeling" in the steering wheel mostly making left-turns or even "faded" left curves on roads at 10mph to 30mph.
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when the "clankin feeling" occurs does the jeep shake or something or is it just the steering wheel that pops?
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Isnt that where the disconnects go? My Jeep came with some cheapo disconnects and im hoping thats all my 'turning clonk' is.

I dont feel any shifting, or wobble or anything when it happens but its pretty loud, similar to.......hmmmm lets seeee......

If the tire kicked up a baseball sized rock into the wheel well for a second
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yes in that hole is where the discos go.
many people have the pins the other way from me however i like mine this way. Many use 7/16" pins that are looser so are easy to disco but the 1/2" pins i'm using barely fit and i like it better since whenever i disco them the pins stay in the sway bar links and do not fall out. They are also much solider since they dont rattle all over the place and wear out as fast since they are right in there. Thats the reasons why i'm using 1/2" pins instead of the 7/16" pins most people use.


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when the "clankin feeling" occurs does the jeep shake or something or is it just the steering wheel that pops?
The feeling is only in the steering wheel. There is no obvious noise related to it, not that I've noticed.
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oh you have the same thing then eh? i have this kind of thing too. Its like a pop in teh steering wheel and only happens when i dive the nose hard such as slamming on the brakes or something like that..

I have no idea what causes it. I've checked my entire front and everything is tight, i lifted the rig and played around and the tires are on there strong, i've replaced the lower control arms but no luck. I've also checked the upper control arms but they seem solid. I'm left to believe its from the joint thats on the steering shaft in the engine compartment by the drivers wheel well since it seems a bit loose. Sometimes i feel the pop in my feet too. Few other people had this problem too and i haven't find a fix. Currently i've left it alone and will worry about it if it starts popping more.

My jeep has been doing it since i bought it (stock)
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oh you have the same thing then eh? i have this kind of thing too. Its like a pop in teh steering wheel and only happens when i dive the nose hard such as slamming on the brakes or something like that..

I have no idea what causes it. I've checked my entire front and everything is tight, i lifted the rig and played around and the tires are on there strong, i've replaced the lower control arms but no luck. I've also checked the upper control arms but they seem solid. I'm left to believe its from the joint thats on the steering shaft in the engine compartment by the drivers wheel well since it seems a bit loose. Sometimes i feel the pop in my feet too. Few other people had this problem too and i haven't find a fix. Currently i've left it alone and will worry about it if it starts popping more.

My jeep has been doing it since i bought it (stock)

How long have you had your rig?
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since i joined the forum back in Nov 06

I've played around and replaced some of the front and still havent hit the knock.
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If I happen to find anything, I'll let you know.

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