you say this happens while sitting still? parked? I would just say its the power steering pump moaning. You are probably just hitting the steering stop and you can turn the wheel just a little more working the pump. Ugh, I will edit, I gotta go outside and check I can't remember if you can adjust the steering stops or not.
EDIT: Yes you can adjust them, they are on the opposite side of the caliper.
Here is a pic of the steering stop.
Last edited by 98mopar; 04-05-2011 at 11:58 AM..
Reason: had to check old axle, and a pic
Thanks 98mopar but it's not that sound. That's a noise I know.
Only happens turning left also.
Both sides get adjusted. You mentioned a lot of front end work went into it. If the sound occurs while sitting still, you have no moving parts in you drive train, it would not be a cv axle, it is not rotating. The only thing that could make a noise with out moving would be your pump. Unless you are hearing a pop sound. Which you are not.
After thinking about it, that might be it. Now that the rain has stopped I can look. Guess I'll just compare to the right side.
My thought is that the mechanic who did the front end work for the previous owner never adjusted it.
The biggest reason I want to know is I have a donor vehicle right now and if there's something I can grab off it before I have to get rid of it I will.
Thanks speedbucket............. That may be it too.... lol
Is there a way to see if the balljoint is dry besides adding grease?
put the front axle on jack stands with the ignition on(not running,just so steering wheel doesn't lock) and you can investigate by pushing the wheel back and forth to simulate turning, you may be able to locate it better, but the weight wont be on the ball joints so you may not beable to tell
but it think its worth a shot
V8 zj at 6" . Double tri rear and true 3 link front. Stretched to 108"
If the sound happens when you turn left, I would get under there and have a friend turn the wheel and rock it slightly back and forth and see if the left wheel stops before the right one. The left turn adjustment will be on the right (passenger) steering knuckle.
are your control arms tight? when you turn the axle wants to go side to side.. if the bolts arent tight they will slide on the bolt ever so slightly.. believe found out the hard way ha.. also does it make the noise constantly when you turn? u say it does it when not moving.. that would help identify if its the pump or not better