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Unread 08-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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can't figure out what this clunk is?!?!

Where to start... I bought a 96 cherokee about a month ago and I sometimes get this weird clunk that I can seem to figure out what it is. It happens only sometimes when I stop or if I really (goose it) from a slow speed it feels like it comes from the transmission area but the tranny mounts as well as the universal joints are fine. I took it to a very trust worthy mechanic and he put it up and the air and took it for a ride and of course didn't find anything and we couldn't reproduce the sound. The transmission shifts great except for an ocasional ruff shift into second for which I understand is pretty normal. It is an asain warner tranny and I have been told its a great tranny. I have done a little research and a couple people had an issue with the torque converter but to me this doesn't seem like its the problem. If anyone has had a similar experiance or any advice please post. Like I said all the usual suspects were checked out including the driveshaft and everything checks out

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Unread 08-07-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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Try lubing your driveshaft slip joint.
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Unread 08-07-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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Try lubing your driveshaft slip joint.
Agreed, some new grease in the slip yoke is what I'm inclined to recommend as well. Prior to 96, the rear driveshaft's slip yoke was internally lubricated by the xfer case, but 96+ has an external one that will clunk if not regreased. Lots of guys pack it with anti-seize and never have a problem with it again.
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Unread 08-07-2013, 11:32 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, ill giv'er a shot n let ya'll know. I love this forum everyone is always super helpful!
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Unread 08-08-2013, 12:03 AM   #5
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FYI, I did this on my 88 and 90...and.my clunk(s) went away...I did not know that it was a post 95 thing, but it did the trick anyway, and been fine (great even) ever since.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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Exhaust on cross member? sometimes will give an occasional clunk when the engine torques
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Unread 08-08-2013, 01:24 PM   #7
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Exhaust on cross member? sometimes will give an occasional clunk when the engine torques
Checked it, but your right that can be a commen problem on a lot of vehicles I have noticed
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Unread 08-11-2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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I had this on my 96 as well and found that my right side motor mount was starting to come apart. Once I replaced that the mysterious clunk went away. My buddy has a 96 as well and his clunk turned out to be nothing more then the nut missing from the evap canister where it attaches to the body which would allow it to bounce around a bit.
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