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the.hatter 05-30-2012 07:41 PM

Front end clunking (?) when pushing down on front, driver's fender
 
Hey folks,

I've got a 2003 Wrangler, that I bought last Saturday .. and of course several days later I start hearing a suspension clunking noise :banghead:

I had my wife videotape it (admittedly not the best video or audio quality, she used my smartphone) while I pushed down on the front, driver's fender. It's like a clunking type noise, and can be heard here:

2003 Jeep Wrangler Sahara - front end suspension noise when pushing on fender = ?? - YouTube

I'm a fairly competent DIY mechanic, but am completely new to Wranglers so I'm not sure where to start, and thought you would be a great resource to give me a hand diagnosing it. I can supply pictures if that helps!

What else ... dealer did an inspection and changed the front sway bar bushings. While driving, the noise is only noticeable when braking or going over bumps at slow speeds (10 mph or so). The feeling is tight, and steering isn't loose at all.

Thanks!

Hunterdog 05-30-2012 07:52 PM

Hi. I just had a similar clunk in my 2004 TJ. On mine it was one of the sway bar links that was shot. The ball type joint at the top of the link is not equipped with a grease fitting from the factory. Mine was broken, so I replaced them both and the problem went away. Sounds like the sway bar bushings were replaced already. Check the links while rocking your Jeep and see if you can tell if that's the problem.

Knowledge97 05-30-2012 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Hunterdog (Post 2420129)
Hi. I just had a similar clunk in my 2004 TJ. On mine it was one of the sway bar links that was shot. The ball type joint at the top of the link is not equipped with a grease fitting from the factory. Mine was broken, so I replaced them both and the problem went away. Sounds like the sway bar bushings were replaced already. Check the links while rocking your Jeep and see if you can tell if that's the problem.


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My sway bar links are shot, and my jeep makes the same noise. I am just waiting till I figure out what suspension I am going to install before I replace them.

the.hatter 05-30-2012 09:05 PM

Thanks that's definitely what it is .. disconnected the drivers one and the noise disappears. Need a pickle fork to get it off though?

Neil F. 05-31-2012 05:08 AM

To get the tapered end out some have used a hammer. I could not bang mine out. A pivkle fork and a length of pipe and it came out with a BANG.

the.hatter 06-01-2012 06:05 AM

Advanced Auto Parts didn't have a pickle fork, so I ended up buying a 4" gear puller tool from them which has 2 hooks and a threaded shaft to push on the end of the bolt - worked great!

Finished the job last night and happy to report that the noise is gone! One item off the checklist lol.


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