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ZigZagJKU 06-15-2013 08:00 AM

Tie rod play?
 
I am trying to diagnose a noise coming from under the front of my 2012 JKU.

While parked in the driveway, I can easily slide the tie rod back and forth and twist it a bit, it that normal?

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kjeeper10 06-15-2013 09:34 AM

Yes... Twisting is normal. Are you sure it's not normal driveline clunk. The 6 speed will have some backlash if your shifts not smooth.

SilverSport 06-15-2013 10:27 AM

^What Ken said. When you said "slide back and forth" did you mean left and right?

ZigZagJKU 06-15-2013 11:48 AM

I hear the noise during slow speed turns and bumps. Yes the tie rod moves left to right, I can almost make it impact the brakes moving it side-to-side by hand.

SilverSport 06-15-2013 01:09 PM

^This makes me think your tie rod ends are worn and need replacing.

m998dna 06-15-2013 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by ZigZagJKU (Post 3863443)
I hear the noise during slow speed turns and bumps. Yes the tie rod moves left to right, I can almost make it impact the brakes moving it side-to-side by hand.

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Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3863631)
^This makes me think your tie rod ends are worn and need replacing.

It's possible, but that soon? ... he has a 2012.

zigzag ..

In addition to checking the tie rod end play for the noise you described, also have inspected the axle isolators. The axle isolators are inconspicuously located and press fit into the axle housing brackets that the upper control arms mount to. Outlined light blue in your diagram.

The inner material is made of a rubber compound with webbing that eventually rips apart and will produce the sound you described. They are a bitch to replace due to the press-fit into the brackets.

These are prone to failure and often overlooked.



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kjeeper10 06-15-2013 02:18 PM

You can check for up and down movement using a large pair of channel locks like in Planman's videos BUT 2012 there should not be any wear on your components :confused:

legitposter 06-15-2013 04:01 PM

The year won't make a difference. The OP may drive many miles or may routinely drive over the same rough road several times a day. I have a '13 and driving 50mph over one of the city's roughest roads twice a day is starting to wreak havoc with 'play' in my steering components.

ZigZagJKU 06-17-2013 08:18 PM

Okay Guys, thanks for all the the replies. Unfortunately I was way off base when I described the problem. I cannot move the tie rod back and forth, not sure why I remembered it that way.

:doh::doh:

I can rotate the drag link (purple in the original picture) and that makes some noise but a friend's new jeep does the same.

I am stil hunting for the source of the noise, I tried all of the sway bar bolts and they are snug.

I wil check out the axle isolators next.

Thanks again for the help, sorry for the bad description. :surrender:


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