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Old 11-16-2010, 10:28 PM   #1
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Does this seem like front axle ujoints?

I have a 2000 Wrangler Sport with 119kmiles. I'm the original owner. All stock. I have a situation that I just started noticing in the steering when turning left or right (as if when going through an intersection, etc). The wheel when coming back to center feels as if it's "cogging". The sensation is very similar to what it feels like when it's in 4wd, only MUCH milder. It's VERY very mild and doesn't jerk the steering.

When I sit still, engine running, and I turn the wheel fast either direction, I don't feel anything of the same cogging sensation. There isn't any strange sounds from the power steering pump, front end, etc when sitting still. No strange sounds for that matter when moving. It tracks straight (no pulling) and as of yet I do not have any strange tire wear.

Is this somethign that could be Ujoint related in the front axle? If so what is the best way to determine if it is ujoints? Anything else I should check?

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Old 11-16-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Yep, thats EXACTLY what it feels like when the axle u-joints go bad. Raise the front, both sides. Turn the wheels allllll the way left and inspect the drivers side axle joint. Do the same for the right. You may have to look very close, spin the wheel slowly, etc, but if you keep a close eye on the caps I'll bet you will see some play in the joint. Look where the cap is on the cross, not where it is in the axle (bottom of the cap)

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Old 11-16-2010, 10:45 PM   #3
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fire239, perfect and makes sense. I'll hoist it this weekend and see what's to be seen!

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Old 11-17-2010, 12:10 AM   #4
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And --- trails of rust on the joints are a good indication it's bad. (The needle bearings go dry, then they break up into dust, that dust gets out and rusts.)

Also - watch the caps, they get loose and wiggle.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:37 AM   #5
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Makes sense. I'll be digging in this weekend.
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:55 PM   #6

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Hey guy, I have this going on too. Started a week ago and wasn't too bad but went to make one of my last turns driving home and it got really bad. Same deal not at idle. My question is did the axle joint end up being your problem?
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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If you have manual tranny, place it in gear and in 4X4..In Park and 4X4 if auto, jack up whole front where tires are off ground, then spin tires forward and back while watching/feeling all joints on each end of axle and DS.

Those suckers roll full time in 4X4 or not, and they fersure go bad.

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