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Old 10-18-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Question Noise after burying it in a marsh

Never really do much wheeling besides winter time in the snow... decided I'd blaze a trail in my neighbors woods. All went great until I found a marsh area that was EXTRA wet after the light rain we had last night. Buried it pretty deep had to get the ol' back-up XJ out and tug it out in tractor mode.

As I was riding the trail back to my house I kept hearing a clunking noise in 4-hi, only when I hit bumps really. Could I have knocked around one of my mounts on the driveline (trans, etc.) or should I be more worried?

Just took the TJ down town and it drove fine, nothing out of the ordinary.




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Damn you got stuck in that ? You def need a winch lol. Get under there and power wash real good to make sure there isn't and mud sticking around.

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Lol pictures pretty deceiving. I was up to my axels on the rear, only the right front had solid ground under it. I did pressure wash it as well as I could afterwards.
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Lol pictures pretty deceiving. I was up to my axels on the rear, only the right front had solid ground under it. I did pressure wash it as well as I could afterwards.
So it WAS clunking and now NOT clunking, only difference is you WERE in 4hi when it was clunking and not when its not clunking?

Have you tried shifting it back into 4hi to see if the clunking is still there?

A lot of times, when you get stuck, especially in mud like that, the clunking you hear it mud being flung EVERY where hitting everywhere it can under the jeep.

Also, be sure to drop the trans skid..and power wash the hell out of it when you drop it...I power washed my 5-6 times, then dropped the skid and STILL had 20#s of mud in it...
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I haven't hit any hard enough bumps on pavement to hear yet, the ride back it was clunking on every bump, that's what lead me to believe it's a mount or something that I knocked loose or something.
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Seems it's still there, lot of shitty roads on the way to work. Heard it only almost every bump. If anyone has a mag lite and they shake it, the batteries moving around in there -- that's kinda what it sounds like. Unfortunately it's not my mag lite making the noise...
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Gotta het it hosed off and just get under there and look around.Maybe have someone bounce it while your under it looking around,in gear or park & parking brake engaged of coarse
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I had a puzzling clunking noise once upon a time and it turned out to be a log jammed inbetween the TC and the TC skid.

Like everyone has said get under her, clean her up and check it out. If you still can't find it, wrap your hero camera (if you don't have one, borrow one) in multiple different places and see if you can figure out where it is coming from.
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Thoroughly check your drivetrain(IE U joints), front suspension, front and rear shocks and rear axle and differential. Something may have broken loose. A rock or a log may have damaged something under there. You might want to take it to a "trusted" suspension specialist and have them to check it.

I would climb under it, and check for mud too, especially around your front suspension, drive train, and shocks. If you see any mud, I would power spray it. This might help you find the broken part. You might follow this up with WD-40 after it dries.
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Check the sway bar mounts also, they are known to separate and clunk around.

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