My 2006 Unilmited is having some bad front end issues. Here's the story and maybe someone can help me diagnose it.
1-12 months ago i went to Death Valley and drove about 60 miles on a fairly rough road. Didn't notice any problem until a few days later. When I would back out of a parking spot and step on the brakes I could feel a clunk and the front end felt weird. This only happens when backing up. I looked at everything real well and didn't see anything amiss.
Now in the last few days I started feeling a vibration under my feet at time. It would come and go. Then I started noticing an air/whirl like sound coming from the front end.
So I jack the jeep up and spin the tires back and forth and there's a clunking sound coming from the axle.
Pop off the diff cover and check the teeth on the ring and check the spider gears. Something might be wiggling around in there. Also check the pinion for some slop (in and out play) where the drive shaft connects.
Less than two years, but a lot of miles. So yeah probably a good idea. Guess I best read up on doing this.
It's time! Really really easy to do, but give yourself some time as you don't want to rush or it can become a very messy job! I'd recommend buying a lubelocker gasket that way you don't have to screw around with the RTV and all that mess, set up time, etc.
Not sure which problems still exist and which you solved with the brake assembly bolt. If you still have the noise when backing out of a parking spot, check your control arm bushings and bolts.
Bite the hand that feeds you . . . you've had more than enough to eat already.
This ended up being a stripped brake caliper bolt. The bolt was backed out completely. We had to end up using a heliacoil to fix. It was also time for new rotos, brakes, differential oil change, alignment and other general maintenance. This all made for a long day or two.