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Unread 10-11-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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Clunks when turning, interesting solution.

So for several months now, I've been getting a clunking sound and feel every time I turn with any momentum, in a new direction. Something was obviously being moved back and forth. First mechanic told me it was the ball joints, so I got those replaced, not the problem. Then another mechanic said it was bad control arm bushings. After doing some reading here, I figured it was bad track bar bushings and the bolt hole starting to oval out, so I've just been living with it till I lift and replace my track bar and get some washers welded up. Fast forward like 7 months.

I'm under the Jeep today just looking at stuff (am I the only one who does this when I'm not looking for anything specific?) and I finally notice the culprit. The nut on the bolt that holds the trans and the trans mount together had backed almost completely off. My entire transmission/transfer case/drive shafts had been shifting back and forth on every turn by nearly an inch. I tightened the hell out of that nut and bolt and took it for a drive. No more clunks.

The track bar seems like the obvious culprit for this problem, but it is well worth glancing down at that trans mount just in case.

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Unread 10-11-2009, 07:49 PM   #2
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wow, that is scary. That is why every time I get home from wheeling or a long trip I do just what you said and just lay on a creeper and look at stuff.
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Unread 10-11-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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Damn, same thing happened with an old Mitsubishi Eclipse of mine. The transmission almost literally "dropped."
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