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Old 08-08-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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still have a front end pop. hmm

Well I still get a single popping sound when I turn if I hit a bump in the turn. I just did a new track bar, all 4 balljoints and both hub bearings. I think I'm going to replace all the tie rod ends now even though they seem tight.

Jeep has 178k on it, 2inch spacers.


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have you done a dry steering test?

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testing is better than guessing, it could be many things up front, best way to find out is to do a dry steering test
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IF by dry steer test you mean jeep off and turning the wheel i have done it over and over with no result. I havnt been jut throwing parts at it trust me lol everything ive replaced so far was due to be replaced im just shocked that with the condition they were in they werent making the noise. i cant seem to duplicate the sound unless im driving the jeep and take a turn and even then it wont happen all the time.

im wondering if maybe its my steering box getting ready to for good, its always had decent play since i bought the jeep a few years ago.

About the axle ujoints, this sound isnt constant like you would get with unjoints. its a single pop and 99% of the time while making right turns. plus both front ujoints are less then a month old and are tight
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also, its not my sway bar links. My sway bar has been disco'd for the past 6 months.

Im hoping i can find this issue in the next couple of days since i jsut got my winch in today but i dont want to put that extra weight on the front end if she wont handle it safely.
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what track bar did you go with?
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stock replacement from autozone. i was going to go adjustable from an aftermarket company but im only on 2" of lift which the stock bar is fine with. plus i didnt want to deal with the horror stories of track bars hitting diff covers and such. my jeep is tall enough with 2" spacers and a 1" body lift
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Sounded like sway bar links but insee u have em disconnected...
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Check for looseness in shock mounts and control arm bushings.
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Check for looseness in shock mounts and control arm bushings.
im thinking control arms too but i havent a clue how to check them...any ideas?
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Sounded like sway bar links but insee u have em disconnected...
sway bar has been diso'd for a while now but thanks
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im thinking control arms too but i havent a clue how to check them...any ideas?
grab them and pull/push

i know you said new hub bearings, but you can lift the front end off the ground and give a good push pull on the tire.

I was fighting the same thing recently and everything was tight, just a tiny bit of give in the drag link tie rod
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if you recently replaced your track bar make sure that the trackbar bolt is not loose, or had been loose in the past and widened the hole... after i did my lift , the rough country front track bar adj threads stripped out and caused a death wobble, the place i took it to to weld it and fine tune the alignment stripped out the t55 head and it was slightly loose and was getting a pop on turns, replaced it with a standard hex bolt grade 8, havent had an issue since. if the hole had been widened i would weld a washer onto the axle to correct this issue.
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well new development, i was able to get the jeep to make the noise only once in the driveway by pushing down on the passenger side fender and bouncing a little. its a single popping noise comparable to tapping a wrench on something metal and hollow....hmmmm

im worried i have something that is going to go and leave me stranded :/ but all the steering tie rods seem tight after focusing a camera on them and watching them for movement.....so frustrating.

also, it seems my new track bar has a little play at the axle bushing...not a lot its as if the bushing is just flexing...normal?

to add to it i just put and extra 100 or so pounds on the front end via my winch lol.
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every vehicle that I have ever owned, that has popped/chunked when turning and hitting a bump/pothole, it has always been a broken/ worn shock/strut.
How old are yours? If you have done all that, your pretty much at the end of the line in parts that can pop/chunk/clunk

Shocks....
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when your pressing down on your passenger side fender... sounds like it could maybe be lower balljoint that needs to be replaced... do you grease all your fittings on a regular ?
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shocks would be a good guess....my fronts are well......original lmao.

as for greasing, im a grease nazi.
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greasing all the time causes the boots to explode, or so I hear. I only grease mine when they seem deflated
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yeah i usually grease every other oil change.. or after i do heavy offroading, never heard of them exploding.. but could see it being a possibility it is a Jeep..haha
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I've over greased mine and had to replace parts because the boots exploded / cracked / gave out / whatever you want to call it. Now its only every 2nd-3rd oil change.
I am sad to say I have never, offroaded.... but I always say how I want to go every weekend....

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