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Old 05-26-2013, 02:19 AM   #1
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opinions needed.....

today i took my TJ to a local meet where they had a small course set up. i went through the course once. didn't have any problems as it was a "light wheelin" course. it had a small rock garden & very small mud pit. but i noticed on my way home i was getting a rattling noise coming from what might be the front passenger area.

also noticed a couple times that when i was making turns (slow turns) the steering felt weird. almost like it was "pulsating" or getting tight then loose as i was turning. but when i was at a light turning the wheel left & right (even going from full lock to full lock) the steering was smooth. i tried getting under the jeep (best i could with still having a 3 year old with me) and tried to move things around, but didn't see or feel anything loose.

i took a video of the noise. really noticeable around 1:15.

anyone have any suggestions on what could be my problem or what i should check. thanks.

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Old 05-26-2013, 06:56 AM   #2
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I have the same issue. I also just found my u-joints are seriously in need of replacement. I'm not sure if that's the cause, but its worth checking.

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thanks. i'll check those.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:53 AM   #4
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Might it be stuck in 4WD still?
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:27 AM   #5
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nah, not that kind of pulsating when turning. it's very slight. and the thing is it doesn't happen all the time.....or at least i only notice it sometimes.
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Could it be wear in the upper and lower ball joints, mine is very similar.
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only question is, if it were u-joints or ball joints, wouldn't it do the same symptoms while sitting still & moving the steering wheel?
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hmm, ball joints & u joints are all good. anyone else have any ideas?

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