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Old 06-27-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Question clicking noises when i turn

I just got a 2006 tj and noticed that whenever i turn theres a clicking noise. It's not very loud so i didn't hear it before i bought it. Anyone have any idea what this may be?

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could be a dozen things. easiest is check to make sure your in 2 wheel high. then you get into ball joints, bearings or other issues.

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I haven't taken it out of 2 wheel high yet. I'm going to get it looked at tomorrow to really figure out whats going on down there.
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jack the front up and push/pull on the top of the tire if you hear popping ball joint
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Does it have a locker in the front axle? Mine clicks because of my Lock Right. It makes me happy every time I hear it.
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I pretty sure it doesn't but I'm not sure. I've had the jeep less than a week
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:20 AM   #7
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I have the same issue but it only ticks/clicks when i turn right. Had it checked and and was a combo of worn track bar, tie rod end, and pitman arm all stressing too much on a right hand turn.
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U-joint. Your needle bearings are probably dust.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #9
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U-joint. Your needle bearings are probably dust.
Is that expensive at all?
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:44 PM   #10
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There is an aftermarket sway bar on it. Could that be the cause?
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #11
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U-joint. Your needle bearings are probably dust.
i think this too
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Does it hop around at all when you turn also?
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U-joint. Your needle bearings are probably dust.
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Does it hop around at all when you turn also?
No just clicks
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U-joint. Your needle bearings are probably dust.
Then I'm saying this also.
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....consulting my crystal ball....

Like earlier person said, with jeep off the ground and the steering wheel locked, rock tire at 12 and 6 o'clock positions. There should be no movement or play. If there is, ball joint is bad. Now rock tire at 9 to 3 o' ckock. Same thing, there should be no play. If there is your wheel bearing is bad. Unlock the steering, lower the jeep start the engine and have someone turn lock to lock while you watch underneath. Make sure nothing is rubbing or touching. Especially near the track bar where the steering stabilizer mounts on the drag link.

Now with the jeep lowered, grab the u joints and try twisting them. They should have no play. If they have a grease fitting, add grease. In fact add grease to all the joints on the front end.

Measure the distance on each side of the jeep from center of rear axle hub to center of front axle hub and compare. Should be no more than an inch difference, 1.5 " max. Now measure the distance from the center of the bolt mounting each control link to the frame to the center of the opposing bolt mounting each link to the axle housing. Compare the lower links to each other and the same for the upper ones. There should be less than 1" variation. Now measure ride height at all 4 corners. The purpose of all this is to rule out bent components.

Where do you hear the noise? Front center? Front passenger or driver? Is it speed or load sensitive? Does it matter how many degrees the wheel is turned?

Drive it slowly in 4hi. Is the noise louder? The same?

If youve checked everything above plus other more obvious things, theres a chance it could be your diff. Spider gears might be worn. But you would hear this all times 4 or 2, wd, fast or slow, and most likely turning or going straight.
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cv joints?
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So I finally took it in and they're telling me that I the front differential is all messed up and that I need a new one. They estimated that it would be around $2800 for parts and labor. But I looked into it a little more and I figured out there's a lunchbox locker in there and that's what is making the clicking noise. I don't know much about the locker so can anyone tell me what it is exactly?
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Doesn't Mazda make a popular little convertible as well?!?!?
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So I finally took it in and they're telling me that I the front differential is all messed up and that I need a new one. They estimated that it would be around $2800 for parts and labor. But I looked into it a little more and I figured out there's a lunchbox locker in there and that's what is making the clicking noise. I don't know much about the locker so can anyone tell me what it is exactly?
Take it somewhere else. If you have a locker in there, it's a good thing - if you plan to take it off road.

Here is a good explanation of the locker: Click here...

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