Is my track bar shot?? - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Grand Cherokee & Commander Forums > ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum > Is my track bar shot??

Even Better Heim Pricing! From RuffstuffSteering and more from Ruffstuff!The Ruffstuff NOT Universal 4 Link Kit!

Reply
Unread 11-24-2008, 11:10 PM   #1
BULLITTBUilder
Registered User
1999 WJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island,NY
Posts: 207
Is my track bar shot??

Ok, so it's raining and dark out and I don't feel like getting wet at the moment. So, here's what's going on, for a few weeks I've been hearing a clunking noise from the front suspension. I had no idea where it could be coming from. It's not the drag link (new ends) not the tie rod (checked em, no clunk). I'm starting to run out of possibilities now. I had checked the track bar but I thought it was ok. Tonight on my way home the clunk was more pronounced and it sounded like it was coming from over by the passenger side of the front suspension. I'm thinking its the track bar. The clunk happens on turns, one direction only and i think it may be left could be wrong I'm tired. Sometimes it happens during suspension travel. I'm probably forgetting somewhere, let me know.

BULLITTBUilder is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-24-2008, 11:31 PM   #2
Kruzin
Registered User
1993 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Casper, WY.
Posts: 3,165
Track bar (or where it mounts to the axle) is a good possiblility.
Unfortunatly, nobody can tell you for sure without crawling under there in person to check it out.
Look at the bracket on the front axle. The hole in that bracket is known to oval out, causing the track bar to shift and 'clunk' in turns....and cause DW.
__________________
DD/Wheeler: 98 ZJ 5.2, 4.5" on 33s
DD/Wifeys: 00 XJ, stock
Weekend toy: 13 Challenger R/T Blacktop
Kruzin is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-25-2008, 03:45 AM   #3
sandman
Registered User
1993 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Wilsonville, Oregon
Posts: 5,354
could be swaybar bushings. check the links.
__________________
1993 Jeep ZJ. 4.0
sandman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-25-2008, 10:23 AM   #4
Wheelin98TJ
JEEP FREAK
 
Wheelin98TJ's Avatar
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: , Southeast MI
Posts: 24,880
Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth while you watch underneath. Watch for slop in either end of the track bar.

Do it with the tires on the ground and the Jeep off so there is no power assist to the steering.
__________________
TJ
HOLIDAY THEMED GIVEAWAY!
Wheelin98TJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-25-2008, 10:28 AM   #5
lakailimited06
Registered User
1999 WJ 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 2,027
i already told you my story about my trackbar...had same symptoms, and my bolt was tight that mounts to the driverside, but when i removed it it was bent so i replaced it and it went away..give it a whirl
__________________
99WJ 4.0
IRO 3", SYE, D30 aussie/8.8 aussie, 4.10s, 33's, skids/bumpers
lakailimited06 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-25-2008, 11:44 AM   #6
-Shoey-
Registered User
2003 KJ Liberty 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Harrisville, West Virginia
Posts: 1,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kruzin View Post
Track bar (or where it mounts to the axle) is a good possiblility.
Unfortunatly, nobody can tell you for sure without crawling under there in person to check it out.
Look at the bracket on the front axle. The hole in that bracket is known to oval out, causing the track bar to shift and 'clunk' in turns....and cause DW.



Thats exactly what happened to me. But, when the clunking went away, the DW started.
__________________
2003 KJ Limited
USN Jeep Club #115
-Shoey- is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 11-25-2008, 01:11 PM   #7
Kruzin
Registered User
1993 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Casper, WY.
Posts: 3,165
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shoey40 View Post
Thats exactly what happened to me. But, when the clunking went away, the DW started.
Happened to me too. And years ago to my dad's Dakota with a d30 in front. The shop I took it to, to have a washer welded on, told me they see this issue commonly.
__________________
DD/Wheeler: 98 ZJ 5.2, 4.5" on 33s
DD/Wifeys: 00 XJ, stock
Weekend toy: 13 Challenger R/T Blacktop
Kruzin is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.