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Old 10-10-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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Front Stabilizer creak + clunk. Advice?

When slighting turning the steering wheel I get a nasty creak and clunk coming from what appears to be the stabilizer bolt. The creak is almost definitely coming from that bolt but i'm not sure about the clunk. thoughts? Should it be moving as much as it is in the video? Doesn't seem right, but I'm no mechanic.





I'm guessing it's from the additional weight of my bumper and winch. (added a week ago)

I was considering just tightening up that bolt, but I don't know what the torque specifications are. Also, if I were to tighten it, should I jack it up first, or just torque it while the weight is on the wheels?

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Old 10-11-2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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When slighting turning the steering wheel I get a nasty creak and clunk coming from what appears to be the stabilizer bolt. The creak is almost definitely coming from that bolt but i'm not sure about the clunk. thoughts? Should it be moving as much as it is in the video? Doesn't seem right, but I'm no mechanic.



I'm guessing it's from the additional weight of my bumper and winch. (added a week ago)

I was considering just tightening up that bolt, but I don't know what the torque specifications are. Also, if I were to tighten it, should I jack it up first, or just torque it while the weight is on the wheels?
Lube it?

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Old 10-11-2010, 07:19 AM   #3
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It's not your stabilizer making that noise and it's not loose. That's just the normal play in the bushing. You're experiencing a fairly common problem. There is a bushing on the steering shaft that tends to slide down. Open you hood at look at the shaft. On the part closest to the firewall is a long bushing with a "lip" on the lower part. There should be a good 4 or 5 inches of space between that lip and the first joint. I'm guessing yours has slid down. Push it back up and your clunk will disappear.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:13 PM   #4
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thanks Daggo, but upon closer inspection, it is what i think is the track bar axel bracket bolt.

I just want to confirm before I torque it down to 125ft lbs ... is this the track bar bolt?



Thanks for all the help guys.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:40 PM   #5
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It was definitely that track bar axle bracket bolt. Torqued it to 125 ft lbs and the sounds are gone. Fingers crossed this doesn't rear it's head somewhere else in the future.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
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I've just started to hear a 'clunk' whenever I take off.... it seems to come from the passenger side and under the foot well area... Jeep just turned 5,000 so it's under warranty, but if I can fix in a flash I will... any ideas on this? I will check both of the above mentioned clunks; the track bar axel bracket bolt and the bushing on the steering shaft

I swear it sounds like the cat-converter is loose?

ideas?

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