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post #1 of 12 Old 03-16-2017, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Clunk

When first starting out it doesn't make any noise just a slight click turning wheel left and right. Going straight no noise. After driving 20 minutes the noise gets increasingly louder and more frequent the longer I drive and only when turning left and right. No different in noise either way I turn. The noise sounds like front suspension. I had ball joints changed a couple years ago. The longer I drive the worse it makes that popping noise. It is ok going straight.


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post #2 of 12 Old 03-17-2017, 04:02 PM
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Something is loose or worn. You can check a lot of things yourself
without going to a shop.

One way to check for play in the front end is park the Jeep on some
gravel or sand, lie down in front of it, have someone start the Jeep
and simply turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock slowly several
times. Observe the 4 tie rod sockets for any play and listen for any
pops or noises coming from either end of the track bar or the
control arm bushings. Since the sway bar links also move up
and down when turning, check to to see if one is broken or loose
or if the sway bar is touching the frame. Stop the Jeep's motor before
grabbing anything.

By doing this at different times I have found loose or bad CA bushings,
loose track bar axle-end bolt, loose track bar frame-mount bolts, a loose
track bar socket, and a broken sway bar link bolt. The upper control arm
bushings tend to be neglected because they are hard to get at.

So, make sure the track bar is tight at the axle end and also the
frame end. If you have the stock track bar, tighten all 6 bolts in the
frame bracket and also the socket. You can also check the ball joints,
which can wear out quickly if the ones on there now are not original
equipment quality. Jack up a front wheel and grab the tire at the 6 and
12 o'clock positions and shake it. If it moves, time for new ball joints.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-17-2017, 07:45 PM
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You should also check the upper shock mounts. I had a similar issue recently, and found that the rubber bushings that mount the upper end of the front shocks to the fender well were worn out and allowing quite a bit of play.

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-18-2017, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for the great advice.

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post #5 of 12 Old 03-18-2017, 09:59 AM
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My wife's 96 Cherokee has the same problem,
Most all of the front suspenion components have
been replaced.
Could a loose steering box cause this?
It's driving her nuts.
Thanks
Jim
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-18-2017, 11:13 AM
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It is possible. Sometimes the frame cracks in that area.
Is the box physically loose?
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-18-2017, 11:27 AM
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Don't know about the bolts.
I can't seem to get to them at my age.
Thanks
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-18-2017, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Inside left fenderwell along frame 3 smaller bolts go to the Steering Box. Easy to tighten. Torque 70ft lbs. mine are all tight from a new bumper install. Yes it's annoying and worrisome. Good luck.

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-18-2017, 07:29 PM
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Thank You so much, Gary
I'll try tomorrow & report if they were loose.
If there is anything else you can think of, please let me know
Best
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-14-2017, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Problem solved - a bolt holding a steering linkage bracket to the frame on the left side (drivers side) was loose. There are 2 bolts and 1 was loose. Hard to see but the mechanic went under the Jeep and found where the noise was coming from. Tightened the bolt and no more clanking, popping or rubbing sound.

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post #11 of 12 Old 04-14-2017, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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The Track Bar Mount was loose. The 2 at the top of the mount were snug so I tightened them a little. The 2 going through the bottom to the frame were loose in fact 1 is broken off. Tightend the 1 and that fixed the noises. Now I need to get the broken bolt out. Any ideas?
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-19-2017, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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i couldnt get the bolt out so drilled and put a nut on a 12m bolt. Solid fix and works like it supposed to work.

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