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Unread 04-24-2010, 06:32 PM   #1
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98 XJ Clunking problems when turning

Hey guys I am not at all mechanically inclined here, but I am trying to become...I have a question and would love to hear some ideas before i take it to a shop.

I have a 98 XJ, with what I was told was a HP D30 in the front, SYE, and Chrysler 8.25 in the rear. The rear i know is the 8.25, the SYE, dont know how to tell, and the other, of course not totally sure.....anyways, I was told awhile back that I a front Driverside Ujoint going out cause of a popping noise when on a trail one day. Multiple ppl agreed it was bad. Well I took it too a shop and they replaced, it was bad. However, I am still getting a clunking noise almost anytime i turn left. If I turn really fast and hard, i hear it. If i turn slow, i hear it. Sometimes when I go over bumps in the road I hear it. Most of the time its turning I hear it. After the Ujoint being swapped out, it almost sounds and FEELS, yes I can feel something in the steering wheel now, its coming from the center front of the Jeep.

Also, on a new area I have problems with. When I come to a complete spot if I dont slow down really slow, there is a clunk and a "nudge" feeling coming from the rear. I was told rear driveshaft Ujoint. The shop it was at yesterday told me it was solid as can be, but there was a noise coming from the T-case.......any ideas on that one?

Thanks for any advice guys...

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Unread 04-24-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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If the driver side u-joint was bad don't you think the passenger side is probably bad too? Lol

What I mean is, are you sure it's coming from the driver side? If it is then I would say it's prolly sway bar bushings. While you're under there take a look at everything and make sure all the nuts are tight. And look at the ball joints and tie rod ends and make sure they're good. I don't think those will cause your clunking but it doesn't hurt to look!

Let us know what you find :-)
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Unread 04-24-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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If the driver side u-joint was bad don't you think the passenger side is probably bad too? Lol

Let us know what you find :-)
The shop it was at only said the one was bad....i will have to check the other things.....reading some other post i was thinking maybe--steering box, tierod, or ball joint?
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i would check your tie rod ends, mine were bad and caused a clunk/popping when turning. if the bushings look split that is what was causing my issues
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is it a plink plink kerrrrdunk? or more of a brrrrrconk doc doc miiiidge pang!!!? or is it a badonk ka donk? if it is the latter its just the normal fat *** of the JK

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Unread 04-25-2010, 09:14 AM   #5
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i would check your tie rod ends, mine were bad and caused a clunk/popping when turning. if the bushings look split that is what was causing my issues
how much of a job is it to replace the TREs? i have the same popping in my 95. TREs seem like a good (and cheap) place to start.
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