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4wd jeep 05-17-2009 02:33 PM

jeep newb
 
hello jeep drivers, i just got a 1989 jeep wrangler. Im going to school to learn how to work on cars so i already now the basics of alot of cars. But I still have a few questions about my jeep. Hope someone can help with my problems and i look forward to answering some of your problems.

Btw my name is Matt

ccain 05-17-2009 04:51 PM

Welcome :wavey:

jpdocdave 05-17-2009 06:05 PM

welcome matt, to a fellow wrencher, and yj'er.

feel free to ask away

4wd jeep 05-17-2009 06:27 PM

rear axle play
 
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Originally Posted by jpdocdave (Post 373481)
welcome matt, to a fellow wrencher, and yj'er.

feel free to ask away

well my first problem is how much play is supposed to be in the rear axle on one of these jeeps

jpdocdave 05-17-2009 06:30 PM

kinda vague, play at the u joint, in the gears...what exactly is going on?

h2otoo 05-17-2009 06:37 PM

Hi Matt

jgano23 05-17-2009 07:43 PM

welcome to the forum and from hunterdont county.

4wd jeep 05-17-2009 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by jpdocdave (Post 373495)
kinda vague, play at the u joint, in the gears...what exactly is going on?

mainly in the gears

jpdocdave 05-17-2009 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by 4wd jeep (Post 373552)
mainly in the gears

well, jeeps are a different vehicle from what most are used to. you will have play in the gears, such as when going from reverse to drive.

are you having problems? it would be much easier to help if you described whats happening.

4wd jeep 05-17-2009 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jpdocdave (Post 373555)
well, jeeps are a different vehicle from what most are used to. you will have play in the gears, such as when going from reverse to drive.

are you having problems? it would be much easier to help if you described whats happening.

well the right rear axle slips in and out about a tenth of an inch so when im going down the road it makes a loud clunking sound. I pulled the axle out and looked at the bearing but it seemed to in good condition.

jpdocdave 05-17-2009 08:10 PM

are you certain thats the clunk? the axles are held in w/ c clips, there will be a small amount of play in and out. if its excessive you could have a worn center pin, c clip, axle shaft or bearing. never really heard of a clunk noise from that though.

when does the clunk happen? certain speeds, certain gears, engine load, over bumps?

4wd jeep 05-17-2009 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by jpdocdave (Post 373570)
are you certain thats the clunk? the axles are held in w/ c clips, there will be a small amount of play in and out. if its excessive you could have a worn center pin, c clip, axle shaft or bearing. never really heard of a clunk noise from that though.

when does the clunk happen? certain speeds, certain gears, engine load, over bumps?

there are alot of things wrong with it so it is possible it could be something else. I think it might be the track bar too now that i think about it. But the noise usually happens normally when turning. How much play is there normally supposed to be? Because it is alot of movement.

jpdocdave 05-17-2009 08:28 PM

a tenth of an inch isn't too much. you can remove the rear trac bar and drive it. most guys ditch them completely on a yj. rides much nicer without it, and you will not roll over and die.:D

4wd jeep 05-17-2009 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by jpdocdave (Post 373579)
a tenth of an inch isn't too much. you can remove the rear trac bar and drive it. most guys ditch them completely on a yj. rides much nicer without it, and you will not roll over and die.:D

haha. thanks for the help. it was the track bar. its missing the bushing.

jpdocdave 05-17-2009 08:58 PM

good, glad you got one problem figured out.

4point 05-20-2009 06:14 PM

Welcome to WF :wavey:


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