I was under my Jeep today trying to see if my u joints are actually worm out, there wasn't any play in them when I tried to rotate them or lift the driveshaft, so all appears well there. However I still have a pop in my front end somewhere, so I was cheching everyting and found that I can twist my tie rod assembly but when I twist it back it makes a metal on metal sound, like a pop. Is a little bit of twisting normal in tie rod assemblies? So I'm hoping this is what my problem is. Anyway I think I need to replace the seals that hold the grease in the tie rod ends. It looks like I need to on the tie rod ends and where it meets the pitman arm. I did't find any info on this in my Haynes and I have no idea where I would buy something like that. This pop is driving me crazy, the sooner I can get it fixed the sooner my sanity can be restored, thanks everyone.
Is yours making a popping noise while driving as well? Mine is really weird, sometimes it'll do it slowing down, other times not, sometimes when going over bumps sometimes not, so I really have no idea what's going on.
I have the same problem, lots of play in the tie rod and lots of clunking in the front, steering has too much play in it too. . . dont know if thats the cause of the clunking or the control arms. . . .but im gettin the tie rod ends replaced SOON. . .drives me nuts.
Tie rods are cheap.
Get the ones you need, get a tie rod puller( I use a bfh and they pop right out), MARK the exact location of the tie rod and remove it, screw the new one on to the mark you made and use an impact gun to put the tie rod back in place, if you do it by hand, make sure you use a breaker bar and the tie rod all the way in. Most take a castle nut and a cotter pin to secure them and if it's not in all the way, you will not be able to install the cotter pin(and the wheel may fall off while driving).
The clunking sound you hear sounds like the track bar thoe, get a 15mm and make sure it's REALLY tight.
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Yeah I just installed my lift last weekend, and everything was replaced. I'll try to tighten everything down again and see if anything is loose. Maybe it has to do with my axle u-joints? I was thinking it could be a torn cv or something, but then I looked and I don't have cv's so that can't be it. I might break down and take it in if I can't figure it out soon.
If the U-joints on the driveshafts clunk when the tranny is shifted from Park to drive, then that is a sign of worn out U-joints. I believe the sound you hear is something other than this. Non-adjusting-arm ball-joint pullers are great for tie-rod rod ends, but as jeepholic stated, hitting the knuckle, not the tie-rod end, with a small mallet; is faster. Where the drag link connects to the pitman-arm is a different story. I don’t like hitting that. I did however to remove mine. My puller had to be positioned in a difficult way, so I was not able to use it there. Check that the front shocks upper bolts are tight. I had slack in mine and it made a “bang” going over pot-holes.
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