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Unread 07-24-2013, 07:28 AM   #1
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Possible Wheel Joint issue?

Hey all,

Almost every time I back out of the driveway, I hear a snapping noise coming from the front passenger side of the jeep. It is quick and only happens at low speeds, mostly when coming out of the driveway.

Until recently I thought it had something to do with my leaf spring bushings. They were pretty badly deteriorated (to the point of causing death wobble) so I replaced what I could afford at the time which were only the bushings on the front of the springs and the shackle bushings. same in the rear. However the other bushings on the springs (non-shackle points) still remain un-replaced and deteriorating.

I tell you about ^that^ because I'm curious if bad bushings underneath could cause a snapping noise.

2 questions:

-How long can/will Wheel joints go before they start to deteriorate and need replacing?

-How do I know if I need to replace it? (symptoms?)

I'm just looking for ideas as to what that snapping noise could be and how to fix it. It doesn't seem to be hurting anything presently, but it is kinda unnerving.

thanks guys.

-Billy

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Unread 07-24-2013, 07:43 AM   #2
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I had a clicking sound that I myself never heard, my neighbor pointed it out to me, that turned out to be bad u-joints on the front axle. Crawl under the front end and grab and see if you can move the u-joints up and down as well as side to side and see what you find. If they are bad replace soon, don't wait for a failure.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 07:45 AM   #3
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1 - U-Joints can wear out at most anytime. All depends on how fast the grease is depleted from the joint.

2 Not good at all to drive IF the u-joint is going. It can come apart, jam causing severe damage and possibly cause an accident due to the wheel locking up or the ball joints blowing out.

Crawl under and see if there is any play in the u-joint. If there is it ought to get replaced.
If one is gone the other usually isn't far behind.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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Crawl under and see if there is any play in the u-joint. If there is it ought to get replaced.
If one is gone the other usually isn't far behind.
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I had a clicking sound that I myself never heard, my neighbor pointed it out to me, that turned out to be bad u-joints on the front axle. Crawl under the front end and grab and see if you can move the u-joints up and down as well as side to side and see what you find. If they are bad replace soon, don't wait for a failure.
Am I jacking the wheel up or leaving it on the ground before I start wiggling **** around?

stupid question, but Im not a mechanic. lol
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Unread 07-24-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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You can do it either way Billy, no problem. :-)
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Unread 07-24-2013, 08:35 AM   #6
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Cool. I will post up what I find.
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