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Unread 06-16-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
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when i put my 1995 jeep cherokee sport in drive it clunks

When ever i put my jeep in drive it makes a clunk noise i took it to a machanic he said its a jeep thing is that true? u joints are fine

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Unread 06-16-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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mine clunks...I've always understood it to be a Chrysler trademark...maybe our tranny mounts are worn out
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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:07 PM   #3
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My 95 sport makes all kinds of chrysler clunks, Every now and then when its getting bad i remove the read driveshaft and pack the slip yoke with grease. Makes it quit again.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:17 PM   #4
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When ever i put my jeep in drive it makes a clunk noise i took it to a machanic he said its a jeep thing is that true? u joints are fine
This is NOT a Jeep thing... It can happen with any automobile.
Causes of type of clunk in a XJ; low or excessive transmission fluid, worn U-joints, DS Slip joint needs lube, Worn Spring bushings, miss adjusted rear brakes, excessive play in rear differential gears, loose exhaust hangers, worn motor or Trans mounts, worn shocks, loose shock mounts.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:27 PM   #5
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This is NOT a Jeep thing... It can happen with any automobile.
Causes of type of clunk in a XJ; low or excessive transmission fluid, worn U-joints, DS Slip joint needs lube, Worn Spring bushings, miss adjusted rear brakes, excessive play in rear differential gears, loose exhaust hangers, worn motor or Trans mounts, worn shocks, loose shock mounts.
or a new jeep
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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:37 PM   #6
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I like to shift mine into N when there are people with me, it really seems to help the issue
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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:40 PM   #7
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Lots of vehicles do it...the most common reason has already been mentioned and that is excessive play in the rear end. Have someone shift it into drive while you watch the drive shaft turn back by the rear end. Obviously they don't need to drive with you under the jeep, just shift into drive while holding the brakes.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 03:07 PM   #8
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check your ujoints to make sure then check your tranny fluid then check your tranny mounts.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 03:16 PM   #9
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This is NOT a Jeep thing... It can happen with any automobile.
Causes of type of clunk in a XJ; low or excessive transmission fluid, worn U-joints, DS Slip joint needs lube, Worn Spring bushings, miss adjusted rear brakes, excessive play in rear differential gears, loose exhaust hangers, worn motor or Trans mounts, worn shocks, loose shock mounts.
"Yeah", "What he said" Except you left out the possibility of automotive gremlins with little hammers hitting your floor whenever you put it in gear. The solution to that problem is driving thru deep water and or mud, alot. They hate that.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 05:02 PM   #10
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If the u joints in the drive shaft are not the cause of the noise then probably you also have some play between the various parts inside the rear Differential. They are normally set up so that there is very little room between the parts. When one moves it almost instantly makes the next one move etc. When things are set up correctly as soon as the Drive shaft starts to turn everything else starts to turn and that includes the wheels. When things get older the space between the gears increases due to wear and it takes a while for things to catch up. as each piece hits the next it causes noise.

As an example, try this, take a piece of chain and stretch it out across the lawn so that each link is tight against the others. When you pull on the end the far end will start to move almost immediately and there wont be very much noise. Now take the same chain and lay it out so that all of the links are loose and not tight. Now pull the end and it takes a while for the other end to move and you will hear noise as each link bangs into the next one.

Now think about that chain hooked to a car at one end and you start to pull by walking with the chain in the other direction. When the chain is tight you will not get very far or very fast before you have started to apply smooth force to the car. When the chain is loose you may be moving pretty good by the time the chain goes tight and there will be a pretty good jerk at the other end of the chain when it finally goes tight.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 09:54 PM   #11
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Have had 3 diff xj's do this to me has always been the rear u joints.
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