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VVCG33 12-08-2010 06:27 AM

Clunking in Front end

Just recently, I noticed that when I drive over a bump or my dirt road I'll hear a clunking noise near the front end, and occasionally the back end. :banghead: I had strut problems with my previous car and it sounds almost exactly the same...I'm thinkin its the shock absorbers because when you rock the Jeep back and forth, it'll take a while for it to stop. :doh: I was thinking of getting a 2 inch spacer lift kit with new shocks. Think this will help?


VVCG33 12-08-2010 07:44 PM

And if anyone was curious, yes a Jeep will make it through a 6' snow drift without four wheel drive engaged...Yup.

neverfastenough1 12-08-2010 08:28 PM

If its your shocks that are making the noise, then yes it will probably go away if you get new ones. If its your sway bar bushings or any of the other possibilities, then it probably won't go away with new shocks. If you are planning to get the spacers and shocks anyways, then that would let you know if that was the problem. My sway bar actually slid over far enough for the bolt to wear a groove in the frame and it was clunking on the part of the shock mount that is welded to the frame right by it.

Melissas6570 12-09-2010 07:46 AM

Check your sway bar, the little ball joint that the factory link uses is known to separate.

Hammerwalk 12-09-2010 09:37 AM

^^^ x2

I had a very similar "clunking" sound recently, sway bar joints needed to be replaced. Normal wear and tear. Check the condition of the boots, if they are cracked, then its time to be replaced.

VVCG33 12-09-2010 08:46 PM

Just took a look at the sway bars and they seem to be fine, joint and all. I'll get the lift kit and if that doesn't solve my problem, it was a good excuse to get it. I probably won't be able to install it since I have 2 feet of snow in my driveway though...Is it worth have a mechanic do it?

dasaffen 12-09-2010 11:34 PM

It's almost never worth having a mechanic do the work. Depends on what size lift you want. If its small just do it yourself they are simpler than you think. If you don't feel confident in your abilities or have any doubts only then would i consider having a mechanic do the work. Also, I would double check the sway bar links even though you said they look fine. My jeep just had the same problem a couple months ago, the joints may look fine, but they can still be damaged.

dasaffen 12-09-2010 11:37 PM

2 inch spacer lift is a simple as it gets. I installed one on my jeep this spring. Me and my body got it done in about 3 hours. (no air tools or spring compressors :( ) It was very easy. Neither of us had any mechanical experience. Don't even consider a mechanic. And you may as well get new links for the sway bar, because after you lift it, the stock ones will most likely break.

D51_06TJ 12-10-2010 05:51 AM

In order to do the lift you need to have jack stands, a floor jack and basic hand tools. 2 jacks stands and 2 floor jacks make life nice. You can support the frame and using the floor jacks raise and lower either side of the axle you are working. Make sure you get jack stands that have ample capacity and are tall enough to support the frame and allow the axle to droop all of the way without the rotors hitting the ground.
The most difficult part will be the upper front shock studs. I just cut them off rather than fighting with them.

Bugsbb 12-10-2010 01:01 PM

Mine does this..especially going over railroad tracks. I can feel something bouncing in the front end under my feet.

VVCG33 12-10-2010 08:13 PM

I guess I could try doing it myself. It's just that everything it covered in ice right now and I don't have a flat driveway. I could probably find somewhere to do it though. Do you think I could lift up the front or rear end of the Jeep with a Hi Lift Jack?

dasaffen 12-11-2010 01:40 AM


Originally Posted by VVCG33 (Post 918203)
Do you think I could lift up the front or rear end of the Jeep with a Hi Lift Jack?

DO NOT use a high lift jack when working on a vehicle. They are for emergency use and can be very unstable/dangerous. All you need is a floor jack and a pair tall jack stands. As for all the ice, try to find a place indoors or just wait till it warms up.

D51_06TJ 12-11-2010 08:25 AM

No High Lift, as stated above.

Get everything you need for the lift together before starting. Gather every tool, make sure you have the sockets, wrenches, extensions, vice grips, WD40/PB Blaster, a meands to cut off the upper shock studs after you round off the nuts....

A couple of days before you plan to do it, spray every nut and bolt you need to remove with you choice of penetrating oil. Do it again the night before working.

Installing a spacer or basic spring lift is EASY. What will cause the frustration is trying to free up stuck bolts and not having the right tools.

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