Cracks, sheared metal, rubbing, any signs of damage or fresh wear. I've never personally repaired a U-joint but that's what it sounds like it may be because it only happens when you turn or hit bumps. Just a thought.
Was able to get a chance however briefly to look under my jeep. I could not see anything was wrong. I grabbed the drive shaft and shook it had a bit of play. Not sure if that's normal or not. The issue I have is that I would like to do it myself but don't have a bench press. I have seen other ways to do it. They are talking a good amount of snow mid week. Not sure if I will be able t do it myself between work and family. Will it hurt to drive t for a while? Is it easy enough to replace that I can do it myself in the limited time I have? I am not the best DIY out there..any help would be nice!
Depends on if you can determine which side the sound is coming from. The sway bar link is actually two pieces held by a rubber like piece. If it disconnects at any point it would most likely cause that sound. I will post a picture tomorrow if you haven't solved it yet
If it is your front drive shaft you can disconnect it at the frt axel tie it up out of the way and drive it to see if it still does it. You can do this because the drive shaft free whls at the xfer case. This is how I found out that my frt cv joint was bad. Disconnect = noise stopped, reconnect = noise is back.
After jumping up (shocks)and down if it doesn't do it.
get a couple of buddies and rock the vehicle side to side like you were going around a corner (bad shock)
You can check your ball joints and whl bearings....jack one frt tire at a time up. Grab the top and bottom and try to wiggle it back and forth. If there is play it is either a ball joint or whl bearing.
If that doesn't do it jack the frt end up onto jack stands and cycle the steering back and forth looking for anything that wiggles.
Also, check motor, xsmn and xfer mounts.
Had the same thing happen going around turns and I thought it was the xfer mount and wound up being the rear universal.
I would be very careful until u figure out what it is!!!!!!!!
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Thanks I will play around before work Tuesday. How much of a risk/damage would these problems be/do to drive around for a while. Only reason I ask is because we have a big snow storm moving thru and I need the jeep to get to work. My other car is out of commission.
If its just an unattached sway bar you're ok for light driving around town. If its a bad shock, you're ok it'll just be a rough ride. If its a failing U-joint, get ready to change your driver seat and pants out too because a failing U-joint is definitely not pleasant and can possibly cause your driveshaft to fail as well, definitely known to scare the sh*t out of people. Either way your jeep won't go anywhere until you take the rear shaft out and put it into 4Hi.
So driving around after work tonight I did not hear the noise again, till pulling in my driveway. I think I might start with the driveshaft one and go from there. From what I have read there not to expensive themselves, and I do it myself I can use what I would have spent on labor to replace them all.
I had a similar issue and ended up being this...http://www.4x4xplor.com/T-CaseTSB.html
If you haven't used this site before I would definately bookmark it for future reference. There is a ton of great write ups that have helped me out many times. Let us know what you find out.
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Check the 4wd linkage. Grab it and move it around to see if it makes the same sound you hear. Mine has been making a clunking/popping/knocking sound every time i hit a bump for a few months now and drives me insane. One day I'm gonna fix it.