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Old 06-03-2011, 02:13 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

New to the forum and this is my first post. I bought this Jeep last August for my son and I to play and work on until he's old enough to take it over.

We've had plenty of minor things to work on but I have a feeling this is about to change! When I turn the wheels all the way to the right and move forward or back, there is a loud clunking noise coming from the right front wheel. It doesn't do it when I turn all the way to the left. I'm thinking it might be the axle. Any other thoughts and is this something I can change out myself?

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Old 06-03-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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Mine was doing the same thing, and it turned out to be one of the front sway bar links (the ball/socket joint end was dislocated). This would probably be the easiest part to visually assess. If those are okay, I'd say it's time to look closely at everything on the front end (u-joints, etc.). A good once-over never hurts, anyway.

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79Scout - Thanks for the heads up on the ball joint. I've gone over everything closely and it all looks good.

This afternoon I went back out with a friend and had them look while I turned the Jeep. Turns out its the inside of the front right tire rubbing on the frame! The person I bought it from had put on a 2" spacer lift and 31X10.5X15 tires and the its the tire that's rubbing - not an axle issue. I'm assuming I just need to adjust the steering stop on the right side to fix this.
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If you turn the wheel all the way to one side or the other the axle u-joint can get in a bind. someone could have turned the steering bump stops all the way in.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:19 AM   #5
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Glad to hear you found your root cause. If you haven't read it yet, I believe all of the information you need is listed right here:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/basi...ent-86996.html

Just make sure you do one more VERY important thing: you and your boy enjoy your time together wrenching on it! You'll be amazed how much you'll learn, and not just about Jeeps.
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