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Old 09-26-2016, 11:14 AM
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So I have a 2002 Wrangler Sport 5 Speed and I have a clicking sound coming from the front passenger side. I have replaced my U-joints on both sides now and it is still clicking. It happens only when moving but the faster I go the faster it gets. It doesn't match my speed or RPM's that I can tell. Any help would be appreciated as this is my DD. Also when I turn in any direction at a some what hard angle it almost like makes a stressed metal sound. Thanks in advance!

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So I have a 2002 Wrangler Sport 5 Speed and I have a clicking sound coming from the front passenger side. I have replaced my U-joints on both sides now and it is still clicking. It happens only when moving but the faster I go the faster it gets. It doesn't match my speed or RPM's that I can tell. Any help would be appreciated as this is my DD. Also when I turn in any direction at a some what hard angle it almost like makes a stressed metal sound. Thanks in advance!

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You may have already done this, but have you checked to see if it's a rock (or some hard object) stuck in your tire tread? Just a thought

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You may have already done this, but have you checked to see if it's a rock (or some hard object) stuck in your tire tread? Just a thought
I have a screw in the front passenger side tire but even if I am in gravel it still clicks from what I remember. I jacked up the front a spun the tries but could not reproduce the clicking sound. I am truly stumped.

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Sounds like it could be a bearing hub...since it makes different noise when you turn. Have you checked the brakes to see if a caliper is not releasing? Also check the bushings on the front sway bar...if one is gone it will make a lot of noise...it has bushings on the frame and the end of the bar connectors. Shocks, control arms, tie rod ends, ball joints... Lots of stuff up there can make noise.
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I have a screw in the front passenger side tire but even if I am in gravel it still clicks from what I remember. I jacked up the front a spun the tries but could not reproduce the clicking sound. I am truly stumped.

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You haven't really said what steps you've taken to troubleshoot the issue that's why I'm making these suggestions.

If it were me I'd start with removing the screw and patching the hole then go from there. That's a pretty cheap fix and that way I'd know for sure if that was causing my clicking symptom.

I know you said you replaced the axle u-joints, but I'd still double check them just for my own piece of mind (you probably did that already).

You said it's not RPM dependent but only happens when you move, which rules out a valve issue, but you could always park and rev the engine just to make sure. When I'm trying to listen to an engine, and I'm by myself, I'll park next to a wall or another car so the sounds will bounce off the wall and into the cabin.
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