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Old 03-07-2017, 08:21 PM
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Too much fun at TDS... now a noise

Hey everyone. Had a blast at TDS 2017 and I noticed today a clunk noise when I turn my steering wheel. Didn't have issues driving back to San Diego but this morning on my way to work I heard the noise. I'm wondering if it's the drag link end? I have a picture included. I'm not an expert but I'm wondering if that's suppose to look like that?

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Looks normal.. though i can't tell if the boot is seeping a little grease or that's just the angle of the camera in a spot that didn't get any dirt. , Get somebody behind the wheel and ask that person to turn all the way left/right, while you get under there to see if you can catch the noise right on the spot. i'll start taking a look at those bolts pointing up in the pic, when mine are like that, the'll hit my TB when turning or compressing the suspension upon turning, and make funny noises, the TB will have the marks as well, and the tip on the bolts will also marks.

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Did you check your trackbar brackets and bolts? I would check those too... a bracket could be bent or broke causing your axle to shift over when you turn.

Edit: I had bolts come loose on a rear trackbar bracket causing my axle to veer slightly back and forth. Luckily I caught it before any damage was done. Heard a "clunk" twice on my five mile back home from work and fixed it in the garage. I now have welded Artec trackbar brackets.
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I started to have a clunking noise after a day at Windrock in TN. Turned out that one of the swaybar link bolts were loose.
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Also Look at the steering stabilizer mount - the shock looking thing on the tie rod - may have come loose.

Is your steering wheel still straight? Stock drag links are sealed at that rubber piece to keep grease in - see if grease is coming out. Just breaking the boot tho wouldn't make a clunk, unless it's been bad a long time and the end itself is toasted.

Also if you still have it on, look if you are rubbing the air dam (big plastic piece that goes under the bumper).
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Grab the drag link with your hand and give it a good twist, if it's a clunker you'll hear it and be able to determine if that's the noise you hear.
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Looks normal.. though i can't tell if the boot is seeping a little grease or that's just the angle of the camera in a spot that didn't get any dirt. , Get somebody behind the wheel and ask that person to turn all the way left/right, while you get under there to see if you can catch the noise right on the spot. i'll start taking a look at those bolts pointing up in the pic, when mine are like that, the'll hit my TB when turning or compressing the suspension upon turning, and make funny noises, the TB will have the marks as well, and the tip on the bolts will also marks.

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I did that i still couldn't find it and yes that is grease
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Did you check your trackbar brackets and bolts? I would check those too... a bracket could be bent or broke causing your axle to shift over when you turn.

Edit: I had bolts come loose on a rear trackbar bracket causing my axle to veer slightly back and forth. Luckily I caught it before any damage was done. Heard a "clunk" twice on my five mile back home from work and fixed it in the garage. I now have welded Artec trackbar brackets.
I have not checked those yet, Ive been researching all components underneath so that I can identify each part, bolt and nut. Thanks for the tip.
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[QUOTE=mommymallcrawler;29303674]Also Look at the steering stabilizer mount - the shock looking thing on the tie rod - may have come loose.

Is your steering wheel still straight? Stock drag links are sealed at that rubber piece to keep grease in - see if grease is coming out. Just breaking the boot tho wouldn't make a clunk, unless it's been bad a long time and the end itself is toasted.

Also if you still have it on, look if you are rubbing the air dam (big plastic piece that goes under the bumper

Definitely is grease. I noticed it the week before I went to TDS. Steering wheel is straight still. And the ai dam is on but not rubbing. Twisted the drag link and it makes a clunk, so maybe that's it? My trusted Jeep mechanic is 2 1/2 hours away. And I would need to take time away from work to drive my Jeep to him. I moved in the last 6 months so I don't know anyone reputable in San Diego at the moment.
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Grab the drag link with your hand and give it a good twist, if it's a clunker you'll hear it and be able to determine if that's the noise you hear.
I did this and it does make a clunk when I twist so I think it may be that. I'm trying to learn all components underneath. This situation is definitely educating me on all the different suspension components and what I need to do to beef it up for the future and possibly now.

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