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Unread 01-06-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Popping Noise In 4 wheel drive only

Well got a strange noise comeing from the frontend this only happens when Im in
4 wheel drive and turning the wheel maxed left or maxed right while the jeep is moveing..Does not do it sitting steel ..It is a popping noise comeing from the driver
side. 2 wheel drive everything is smooth and fine lol..So what could this be .Give me
my list of options ..The jeep does not make no noise going straight in 4 wheel.Thanks alot .Feel free to chip in your opinions ..

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Unread 01-06-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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Check front u joints.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 09:56 PM   #3
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I second front U joints.
Look thru the FAQs for a How-to. I'd also do the front hubs with Timken bearings while its apart as a maintenance measure.
When you slide the front axles in do it CAREFULLY so as not to mess up the axle seals that are inside near the centersection
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Unread 01-06-2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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Do you feel it in the steering wheel when the popping sound occurs?
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Unread 01-07-2011, 12:05 AM   #5
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Yeah just a lil bit. If feels like Im on dry pavement in 4 wheel drive when im turning the wheel maxed..But im not im on gravel/mud..
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Unread 01-07-2011, 12:26 AM   #6
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Yeah just a lil bit. If feels like Im on dry pavement in 4 wheel drive when im turning the wheel maxed..But im not im on gravel/mud..
full lock could still be too much for how much traction you have....i never like cranking the wheel all the way in 4wd
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Unread 01-07-2011, 10:23 AM   #7
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Plus it dont help with 235/75/15 and all bone stock with no lift lol
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Unread 01-07-2011, 12:04 PM   #8
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You might check the center ball in your front DS universal. Mine got dry and rusted up once--the first time I pulled the ugly stick in a snow storm it sounded like someone had thrown a handful of gravel into the front diff. After a rebuild I now make SURE it gets greased (need to use a right-angle needle adapter on the grease gun to get to the fitting). Just a thought. Mine never made a peep in 2WD.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 12:50 PM   #9
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Well I checked the axle u-joints and they r in good shape. The sound is not constantly, just occasionally when I turn the
wheel maxed in 4-wheel drive while slowly rolling. Do you all think It could be the 235/75/15 hitting something ,I hope anyways lol.I havent off-roaded my jeep much sinced I have owned it.The jeep is bone stock.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #10
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could bee the tire catching the control arm. my 96 would do it with 235s and stock suspension. youll see the rub mark.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 02:29 PM   #11
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Mine rubbed the lower control arms also with 235/75 bfg all terrains. If the u-joints check out and the tires aren't rubbing it may just be the u-joints binding at full lock in 4wd.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 05:19 PM   #12
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What causes the binding?
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Unread 01-07-2011, 05:44 PM   #13
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Too much of an angle for them to tolerate.
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