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Unread 01-09-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
Kristina01
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shaky steering wheel clunking noise help!

I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport. I just had the tires replaced and found out that I have broken sway bar link on the passenger side. I also have an issue I can't place. Recently there has been a knocking sound when i turn either left or right. Now no matter what way I turn even in reverse my steering wheel shimmies and looks like its trying to drive itself and the wheels make that knocking sound even worse. Please help!

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Unread 01-09-2014, 04:44 PM   #2
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Well, since you didn't say, have you checked/retorqued your wheels? These guys at the tire stores I've had them strip studs and nuts nefore using their impacts installing rims.

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Unread 01-09-2014, 05:35 PM   #3
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the clunking started before i had my tires changed. today i went over a speed bump and yes i went slow, turned onto a road way and my front driver side wheel popped very loudly. im getting ready to call my mechanic to look at it but if i can find a reason before i call them i can save myself some money
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Unread 01-10-2014, 11:28 AM   #4
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Could be an axle u-joint.
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Unread 01-11-2014, 10:33 AM   #5
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Ok, from your first post I thought the problem started after you had the tires replaced. Several suspects to look at. Trackbar, control arm bushings, and/or ball joints can cause the symptoms you describe.

Also, do you have 4WD, and if so, is it Command Trac or Select Trac? If it's Command Trac and you have it in 4hi or 4lo, or Select Track and have it in 4 part time it can cause those problems too on hard surfaces.

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Unread 01-19-2014, 06:42 PM   #6
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Check the trac bar. Sounds like death wobble
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Unread 01-19-2014, 06:48 PM   #7
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I would get it to a front end shop and have them check it out. Sounds like ball joints, it also sounds dangerous
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Unread 01-19-2014, 07:00 PM   #8
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I'm guessing ball joints or wheel bearings. A broken u joint won't really cause wobble in the wheel if the bearing is good.
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Unread 01-19-2014, 07:05 PM   #9
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Sorry I meant to finish that. You can do a little troubleshooting if you have some jack stands and a jack. Lift the front end off the ground at the axle. To check the wheel bearings, take the tire at 12 and 6 o'clock and pull to check for any play. Do the same at 3 and 9. If there is any play the bearing is bad. A bad wheel bearing seems to go slowly and get progressively worse. If that's not the issue, have someone turn the wheel back and forth while you look for play in any of the steering joints and ball joints. You should be able to tell if any of them are bad. Hope this helps
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Unread 01-26-2014, 11:03 AM   #10
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Better check your steering linkage to have a safer ride.
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