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Old 08-16-2012, 07:02 AM   #1
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Help!! Clicking Noise While Turning....

Good Morning TJ Friends -

I am baffled, and hopefully you can help.... I have a 2001 Wrangler with a 5" lift that clicks only while turning. It is a constant click click click in 2WD and 4WD.

I replaced both front U-Joints using a 6 ton shop press. The old U-Joints were shot, so I thought I conqured the problem, however - nope, it still clicked. I then replaced both left and right axle ends - Still clicks. The clicking seems to only be coming from the left front wheel. Both left and right wheel bearings are in great shape. I even replaced the sway disconnects (bushings were worn) with higher quality Rubicon Express quick disconnects.

The clicking happens with and without being under torque. If I am coasting and turn, it clicks, and even sounds like it is binding. It is bizarre. I am mechanically savvy, and have never been this mystified over what it could be... Any help is WAAAAY appreciated...

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:05 AM   #2
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Wheel weight hitting the brake caliper? The wheels will flex a little bit when turning, might be enough to turn 1mm of clearance into 0mm of clearance.

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:20 AM   #3
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Hmmm, good thought, I have 31.5" General Grabbers on it - they are pretty pliable - I will certainly check that... Forgot to mention that it happens even when slightly turning at highway speed (i.e. like on a gentle ramp)... Thanks for the reply!!
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:47 AM   #4
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Mine too

I have the same thing going on...on left turns, seemingly from the left front. Mine is more like a faint ticking...not a hard metal-to-metal sound.

5.5" RE long arm lift, 37s...sounds similar other than your tire size...I am going to check wheel weights, but it seems they would hit all the time; not just on the left turn...

I'll be interested to see who has figured it out!.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:17 AM   #5
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Oddly enough, it happens more on left turns with me as well... I think that I am going to jack the entire front end and check for looseness of bolts attached to the side... Only reason I haven't done it yet is due to the lift and how high I have to take it to get the tires off the ground.... Kinda freaky...
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:41 AM   #6
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Update - I lifted the front end and spun each wheel. Doing so didn't spin the opposite wheel (backwards or forwards) and produced a clicking sound in the differential when spinning the wheels. I think that I will be taking it to my local transmission shop to have the diff looked at / repaired.... Uuuugghhh.... I just want it fixed!!
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I had kinda the same thing , when i would turn at very slow speeds i would hear what i thought was my tires grabbing the pavement, like the tread stretching then popping back. I changed my front and back diff fluids ( royal purple 75-140 ) have not heard that sound again, and both diffs where low. also good chance to add my yellow accents.
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