97 Front diff issues
I have had my 97 xj for about 2 years. I knew when I bought it that it was in pretty good shape other than some bad road noise and a vibration at highway speeds.
It also had a death wobble issue, I put in a new track bar and solved that issue pretty quickly.
The front struts were useless and that was a quick fix. Did the front axel ujoints and upper and lower ball joint trying to pin down the vibration and it didn't help.
Today I was under the jeep and started looking at the front driveshaft. I grabbed it and turned it ad noticed that there was at least an 1/8-1/4 turn worth of play (at first i thought maybe the ujoint on the driveshaft was bad) but the play seems to be in the diff itself. Has anyone heard of this issue?
I noticed as well that when i shift into drive from reverse there is a solid klunk, it seems like the driveshaft has so much play inside the diff that it klunks on the first rotation as it clears all the slack. I also notice it when driving, its not as loud but if I take my foot off the gas and coast for a second and then accelerate I get a smaller klunk but basically the same sound.