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post #1 of 16 Old 09-12-2009, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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2000 grand cherokee front end clunking

i have a 2000 larado with quadratrac, as soon as the front end engages i hear a very loud clunking noise, (quick like 3 clunks per second) for as long as i hold the throttle. i thought it was a cv joint but they seem ok. in 4 low it not constant but any time u give it a little gas it clunks repetidly. has anyone heard of this or does anyone know what else i should check for. Also the front diff seems to be tight but i havent pulled the diff cover yet. drive shaft also seems ok but havent pulled it yet either.

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-12-2009, 01:35 PM
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i had something similar on mine. Which style front drive shaft do you have?

I pulled my DS out and the noise went away.
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i have the one with the cv at either end but pulling it out and the noise going away doesnt mean that it wasnt a diff noise
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i have narrowed it down to t case noise, anyone know of any natorious problems with those ones
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post #5 of 16 Old 09-15-2009, 06:21 PM
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I've been tracking down a weird groan / binding noise for awhile now. At first I was pretty sure it was my, passanger side CV axle shaft, from what it sounded like. Changed that, still had the problem. Then I found my tie rods were worn, but wasn't counting on that being the problem. I changed my tie rods and now I have no more bump steer, but the problem is still there.

I'm down to either front diff issue, t-case, or bearings.....

I'm not spending any more time or money until I know what it is or it breaks! I plan on pulling my front drive shaft this weekend to see if that makes it go away. Like the OP said, if that makes the problem go away, it's either your diff or t-case. That's a free test to narrow it down. That's what I'm doing. If you don't know what it is, start with the free stuff, then the cheap stuff, or just let it break and you'll know what it is.

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well ive decided screw fixing the t case im gonna swap in a selec-trac, thumbs up to that
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post #7 of 16 Old 09-17-2009, 08:29 PM
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Mine was more of a popping sound when the front end would engage. It was a stretched chain. When I popped mine open, I could push the chain against the case with my fingers. My guess is the popping was caused by the chain jumping. Anyway, I replaced the chain and have been good since. I've got a thread on here somewhere covering all of this. By the way, a new chain is just over $100. Good luck.


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Here's my thread, hope it helps:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/a...-np247-761102/
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i recently had a very similar problem with a loud, constant vibration type noise during any type of driving. i thought it was my t case. but it ended up being my front driveshaft and the double u joint configuration off of the t case. took out my front driveshaft and im leaving it out till it snows. better mileage, faster, burns out easily now. just way more fun havin 2 wheel drive. i forgot about it
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I plan on pulling my front drive shaft this weekend to see if that makes it go away. Like the OP said, if that makes the problem go away, it's either your diff or t-case. That's a free test to narrow it down. That's what I'm doing.
Wait a sec. It could also mean the drive shaft itself is bad. Dont overlook the obvious!

Those CVs can do some weird things when they go bad.

Give the DS a good wiggle in all kinds of directions to replicate the sound and check for excessive play.

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i recently had a very similar problem with a loud, constant vibration type noise during any type of driving. i thought it was my t case. but it ended up being my front driveshaft and the double u joint configuration off of the t case. took out my front driveshaft and im leaving it out till it snows. better mileage, faster, burns out easily now. just way more fun havin 2 wheel drive. i forgot about it
Im sorry, but this is very bad advice.

You DO NOT get better gas mileage by doing this!

In normal (dry pavement) driving conditions, the t-case will almost NEVER need to send power to the front wheels. Even when it does its only for a cpl seconds until the rear wheels get traction again.

The gears, etc. are still rotating in the front axle, they just arent under load.
This is why a 2wd MODEL Jeep gets better mileage. The front axle is different, giving different amounts of drag.

Here's where it gets worse.... DO NOT do burn outs with a 247 t-case under NO circumstances. The PC will live a much shorter life.


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i have the EXACT same problem right now, im going to pick up a 231 t case tomorrow, stupid quadratrac!

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Wait a sec. It could also mean the drive shaft itself is bad. Dont overlook the obvious!

Those CVs can do some weird things when they go bad.

Give the DS a good wiggle in all kinds of directions to replicate the sound and check for excessive play.
Yeah, sometimes these noises can be hard to track down, but I plan on pulling the front drive shaft, checking / changing my u-joints. I have a single / double cardon front drive shaft, thank god. I also plan on pulling my diff cover to check in there and possibly tearing down my t-case to check my chain and output shafts. Process of elimination at this point. But yeah, I kind of skipped over the fact that it could be a u-joint on my drive shaft itself, but I am aware of that. Thanks for the input.


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It was my X fer case chain. guess i was wrong about front end but thats what u can check if u think u have a bad front end clunk on hard acceleration
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It was my X fer case chain. guess i was wrong about front end but thats what u can check if u think u have a bad front end clunk on hard acceleration
This sounds exactly like the prob I'm having. How did you repair it?

How could I tell if its the Chain, or just a CV Style front DS?

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put truck up on blocks and hold brakes and lightly press gas pedal while a guy listens undernieth to where clunk is comming from
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