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Old 06-30-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Newbie needing assistance in Northern AZ!

Anyone in this forum live in Northern Arizona, more specifically in the Verde Valley area? I just picked up a pristine '95 Wrangler Rio Grande 2.5l 5spd with 39k original miles! Yes, 39,763!!! She runs great, just having one small issue. I am hearing a loud "clapping" noise coming from underneath the chassis. I say "clapping" because it's not a rattle, a thud, or a banging, sounds like sheet metal clapping. At first, thought it may be the exhaust, upon inspecting it, I found one of the insulation hangers on the muffle had torn off, replaced it, along with matching hanger on other side of the muffler, but the noise still persists. There is no increase/decrease when engine us revved/4wd/in gear, out of gear. Just happens every time there is a slight bump. If anyone in the Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde area is up for helping a no0b out, it would be greatly appreciated!!

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Old 06-30-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Hey Chris, I'm a little ways away for a quick inspection... ... How does the transfercase mount look? It might be torn and allowing the transmission and t-case to jump up and down.

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Old 07-02-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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I agree, check motor mounts and tranny mount.
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:08 AM   #4
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Issue resolved! Well... not resolved until service shop opens Tuesday. Turns out to be bit more serious than anticipated. Long story short, the rear sway bar had come disconnected where it mounts to The axle. Hence The noise heard every time i drove over a pack of matches! Thanks for all The help! As soon as get this repaired, I'll be ready to meet up with some of you guys for a ride!
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