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Old 02-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Noise when 4 wheel drive is engaged

I guess there is a ratchet like noise that my dad hears when he engages the 4 wheel drive. it is in the front passenger's side only. it sounds like it comes from the tire assembly. any idea's on what this could be?

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Old 02-05-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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Could be anything. From part of a branch that got hung up in there to cracked bearings to something caught up in the front rotor. Need more info.

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Old 02-05-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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well it only happens when he turns all the way to the left, and it is a bit louder when 4-lo is on.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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What kind of jeep? It sounds kinda like an outer axle joint (cv style only).
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It is a 98 TJ Sahara
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Well unless it's been modified, it doesn't have CVs, just u-joints, so probably not that. Does it have a locker in it?

Something might be broken though, you'll have to jack it up and look under there while turning the wheel/tire.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:47 AM   #7
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Jeep noob here, registering interest in this thread

Looking to buy my first. Test drove one a week ago, had exactly the same problem. 97 Sport with about 120K. Didnt know if this was normal or not, rejected the vehicle for extensive body rot. The drive was on a dry, macadam road, and it "ratcheted" on a hard left. Noise disappeared when vehicle straightened after the turn. Back to 2WD, the right front STILL "ratcheted" on a hard left. Not knowing jeeps, I guessed that there MUST be some kind of locking hubs on the thing which were still engaged in 2WD somehow, so I backed up 10 feet, heard no disengaging click, and still had the ratchet sound.

Sounds like the same problem, although it might not be related to 4WD. I'm curious about the cause. The owner's representative claimed no to know anything lol.

(BTW I have a lot to learn, I think. You guys and these forums have been a HUGE help to me to "just get oriented" in this jeep thing. Thanks to all.)

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