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Unread 08-13-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Popping noise front suspension

1998 zj.

Just replaced the front ball joints and tie rod ends and now im getting a popping noise when turning.

Could not getting a alignment cause popping?

I greased fittings a little bit also and wd-40d the hell out of it.

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Unread 08-13-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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1998 zj.

Just replaced the front ball joints and tie rod ends and now im getting a popping noise when turning.

Could not getting a alignment cause popping?

I greased fittings a little bit also and wd-40d the hell out of it.
Re check all of the nuts and triple check the track bar. If the noise was not there before you made the repairs it's obviously something that happened during.

Also never use WD-40 as a lubricant. It's a solvent and will de grease everything.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 05:04 PM   #3
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Also never use WD-40 as a lubricant. It's a solvent and will de grease everything.
I learned this the hard way with my serpentine belt. WD-40 dries out rubber.

Are you sure the ball joints were fully seated when you pushed them in? Sway bar link and tie rod end nuts torqued down?

My ZJ did this after I replaced all my tie rod ends. One of them wasn't tight enough and it was moving up and down against the knuckle.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 05:11 PM   #4
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I learned this the hard way with my serpentine belt. WD-40 dries out rubber.
Mineral spirits with some cheap oil

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Formulation

WD-40's formula is a trade secret. The product is not patented to avoid completely disclosing its ingredients.[4][7] WD-40's main ingredients, according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, are:

51% Stoddard solvent
25% liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability)
15+% mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
10-% inert ingredients

The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following safety-relevant ingredients:

6080% heavy naphtha (petroleum product), hydrogen treated
15% carbon dioxide

It further lists flammability and effects to the human skin when repeatedly exposed to WD-40 as risks when using WD-40. Nitrile rubber gloves and safety glasses should be used. Water is unsuitable for extinguishing burning WD-40.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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Ball joints were fully seated yes, gonna recheck the bolts on the tie rod ends cause it is coming from the one that was causing problems from the front left.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 10:08 AM   #6
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The noise is coming from the front driver side, could replacing everything but the track bar cause it now pop and make noises when turning.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #7
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When my track bar was bad it would pop during turns. Just make sure it's not the CV shaft on that side too.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 10:46 AM   #8
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jack up the tire..put your hands at 10 and 2 then 5 and 7 and shake. See if it wobbles.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #9
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Its the track bar, thanks guys.
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