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Unread 06-28-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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97xj clunking while braking

I have a 97 xj with 80,000 miles, yup, 80,000 miles! Recently when I apply the brakes driving the front end has been a clunking noise,the pads and rotors are brand new within the past 5 months. I took it all apart they all look fine. It only really happens when braking harder or braking from a higher speed. Any one have any ideas what it could be?

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Unread 06-28-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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Suspension or steering, assuming there is no excessive wear or pits on the steering knuckle slide points for the calipers.

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Unread 06-28-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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Yeah I replaced the slides for the calipers I'm case it was that, what in the suspension do you think it could be, a bad bushing? It's only while braking though which is puzzling...
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Unread 06-29-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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Anyone else have any suggestions?
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So how did the inspection of steering and suspension go ? Checked torque on all the fasteners ?
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I checked the bushings today they all seem fine, I felt for play in the tie rods they were good too
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late response, turned out to be a stripped bolt between the steering knuckle and caliper. I drilled it out re-tapped it and put in a hell coil, fixed the problem!
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late response, turned out to be a stripped bolt between the steering knuckle and caliper. I drilled it out re-tapped it and put in a hell coil, fixed the problem!
Was it only happening on one side? I've got the same problem on the front left side! Mind getting a picture of the bolt that was stripped?
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Yup 1 side, it was the front drivers side. The caliper whole was stripped and there was play in the bolt. it took about 10 mins to fix and solved the problem sorry I dont have any pictures. Just take the wheel off and see if the bolt has any play from the steering knuckle to the caliper.
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