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Unread 06-13-2003, 10:06 AM   #1
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loud clunking noise when driving

when i'm going over a bump or making sharp turns then my jeep makes a loud clunking noise from somewhere near the wheels in the front. any ideas what this could be?

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Unread 06-13-2003, 10:25 AM   #2
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I had some clunking noises a couple weeks ago. Turned out to be the sway bar link was disconnected, and rubbing up against the springs.
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Unread 06-13-2003, 10:42 AM   #3
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Lots of things to check.

1. Sway bar links,
2. Trac bar
3. Steering box where it connects to the unibody
4. Shock mounts
5. small cat lodged in engine compartment


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Yeah, always check for small household pets in your engine compartment every time you change your oil.

Also, try picking up the anti-cat skid plate from quadratec.com... solved all my problems.
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Unread 06-13-2003, 01:55 PM   #5
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i looked under there and sure enough i saw this disconnected and the vertical piece rubbing the spring. what is it called and how much does it cost about to fix? could i do it myself or have the shop do it. i put it back in place, but i'm sure it will pop out again, must be broken some way.

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Unread 06-13-2003, 02:05 PM   #6
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Thats your sway bar link, the verticle piece has sort of a cup on the end, and the piece where you see that screw has a ball end, where it sits nicely on the link. You can remove the link without causing any ill will to your car. People sometimes remove these links when they are hitting the trails (the more expierenced people here should be able to explain it better than me).

If I remember right, I think you need a ratchet, and a allen wrench to remove the bottom link (newbee mechanic)

They do sell a part called "quick disconnects" which allows you to easily remove the sway bar link when your going on the tough trails. I think they are around 80 bucks or so.
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Unread 06-13-2003, 04:36 PM   #7
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Lambar's right, but IMO do not run without it connected when on the road; your handling will be affected, especially if you corner hard or need to suddenly swerve to avoid an obstacle (car, bike, kid, animal...). You disconnect it when you want more suspension flex.

Y'know, just looking at that pic makes me think the end link is bent. Don't have mine here right now to compare, but I think it should be straighter where it attaches to the sway bay.
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Unread 06-16-2003, 11:40 AM   #8
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I have the same problem. Just went out to look and my link is completely disconnected on the passenger side. This is a relatively easy and cheap fix, as I did it on my XJ last summer. You can purchase the link kit with all the necessary hardware for less than $50, if I remember correctly.

By the way, you may as well do both sides because you have to disconnect both sides to do the job. I learned this one the hard way

Good luck, I'll be doing the same thing tonight!
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Unread 06-16-2003, 10:58 PM   #9
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let me know how that install went. i have an appointment for my jeep to take it to the shop next monday, so i think i'm gona have them install it, my cheap tools made in taiwan i dont think can handle torque on those bolts haha
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