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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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Popping Noise on Turns

Jeep pops and clicks when turning. I know there are a number of things that could cause this, but what are the most common ones to start with?

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Unread 01-21-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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front axle u-joints
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Unread 01-21-2013, 07:04 AM   #3
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Yes, try the axle u-joints. I had to have these replaced on my last XJ.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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Looks like it's the U-Joint alright. I jacked it up and spun the front tires a bit. The driver's side U-Joint would knock before it started spinning. How expensive and a pain in the *** is it to replace these things??
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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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I had both my front ones replaced at a not-so-cheap 4x4 mechanic for about $230. Not sure what all tools you would need if you wanted to do it yourself. It sounded like a huge pain to do when I looked it up so that's why I had it done for me.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #6
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Depends a lot on how badly things are rusted up. There are lots of step-by-step how to on the various Jeep forums on this with useful tips ...do a little searching around and see if it is something you want to tackle. For me, first time, with badly rusted parts...it was an all day thrash on each side.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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Unread 01-22-2013, 12:03 AM   #8
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Alright, let's say these things fail. What's the worst case scenario? I lose the whole wheel on the freeway??
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Unread 01-22-2013, 02:07 AM   #9
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U joints aren't hard to replace. It will require a vise, 2 sockets, pb blaster and some heat if they are really rusted. If you don't have a vise, you can use a hammer and 2 2x4's. While you have it apart you might as well replace the wheel bearings. Once you remove the tire you will unbolt the caliper, remove the rotor, then unbolt the hub. Pull the hub off then pull the axle out. It took me about 30 minutes each side to get it to where the axle was removed.
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Unread 01-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #10
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If they fail, you will probably break the axle. If you have ABS it can destroy the wiring for the speed sensor. Wheel wont fall off, but it can do some big damage. Get it replaced as soon as you can. If youve never done it before, itd be your best option to have somebody do it or show you how. After you do a couple for yourself, it gets pretty easy. Get an axle from the junkyard to practice if you have to. Im sure theres videos on youtube that go through the process.
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Unread 01-22-2013, 03:22 PM   #11
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Did this last weekend ($30)
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Unread 02-20-2013, 08:24 PM   #12
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sorry to bug ya big bill. can you tell me what was your part number on the u joints. i bought moog 365 for my 93 xj today. will put them on next week.. thanks!!
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Unread 02-21-2013, 07:26 AM   #13
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No idea what the part # is. I do business at a real parts store.
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Unread 02-21-2013, 10:23 PM   #14
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Ok. Thanks. I guess ill wait and see if it fits next week ( out of town now) . its just no one wanted to ID the u joint. They all did want to sell the 1/2 shafts with the u joint installed.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 03:06 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by aldersonfilm View Post
Jeep pops and clicks when turning. I know there are a number of things that could cause this, but what are the most common ones to start with?
I am glad you asked this question and found the issue. I am having the same sounds coming from the front end when I turn. I guess I better get to checking the U joints as well
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