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Unread 01-24-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Random clunking noise

I have a 95 ZJ with a random clunking noise, always at low speeds, and when i either brake or accelerate from a complete stop. Doesn't happen all the time. Any thoughts? It sounds like (though not 100% sure) it's coming from directly below my feet while driving

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Unread 01-24-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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Drive shaft U-joints, maybe?
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Unread 01-24-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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Engine Mounts?
Control Arms?
Swaybar Endlink?

Just check these things for any play. That's where I would start
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Unread 01-24-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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I've replaced sway bar liks and control arm bushins within the last 6 months. Will look at engine mounts. The driveshaft u joints are new as well
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Unread 01-24-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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I get it too. Mine is due to a failed sway bar end link. I know you say you replaced them, but I'd check them again. Also check the sway bar bushings. I also get a good clunk if I really get on it from a dead stop. Yes, I already have the replacement driver's side engine mount sitting on my floor boards. Just waiting on a day where I won't get a snow drift down the back of my neck while changing it.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 10:36 PM   #6
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I have a 95 ZJ with a random clunking noise, always at low speeds, and when i either brake or accelerate from a complete stop. Doesn't happen all the time. Any thoughts? It sounds like (though not 100% sure) it's coming from directly below my feet while driving
had the same thing if you have a Limited Slip rear end it could need a fluid change. i did one and it went away might also want to check front axles if its full time awd buy jacking the front end up leaving it in park and if it spins and makes nosie thats your problem
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Unread 01-25-2012, 01:26 AM   #7
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Loose t-case chain?
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Unread 01-25-2012, 07:16 AM   #8
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Luke, just had the fluid in both differentials changed. I'll check the rest of the stuff.
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ever find your solution? I'm having the same problem and looking to fix it before winter hits.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 04:34 AM   #10
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I had the same problem in my 98 ZJ. Turns out the front stabilizer links were BOTH broken. Replaced them and the bolts and all is well.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 06:28 AM   #11
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Just replaced mine because of this...I'd suggest getting Moogs.


Btw: this thread is a 1.5yrs old.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 07:30 AM   #12
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Just replaced mine because of this...I'd suggest getting Moogs.


Btw: this thread is a 1.5yrs old.
wait did u replace the bushing or the link? the links sond expensive and from your advice on my last thread, im already down $70 for a starter
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Unread 09-04-2013, 07:41 AM   #13
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wait did u replace the bushing or the link? the links sond expensive and from your advice on my last thread, im already down $70 for a starter
I replaced the link. Haha, it was $44 each link. You can get some for about $26, that's just the store brand. Moogs have greasable fittings on them.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 08:50 AM   #14
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It ended up being the adjustable track arm not being fully tight. It seemed tight on the ground. Put it on jack stands and it moved. Torqued it. All was fine
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Unread 09-04-2013, 08:52 AM   #15
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Oh, and when I replaced end links, get the moog part number and then buy on amazon for half price
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