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Unread 08-24-2008, 07:57 AM   #1
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Clunking at rear

I recently bought a 2000 Cherokee Sport 4x4. I disposed of a 94 Ford explorer that had nice wheels and new tires. I moved the rims and tires over to the Jeep and started to hear a clunk in the rear on braking. I thought I had jostled the drum brakes in the process and this caused the problem. Inspected the drums and they were due for replacement so I replaced drums, shoes, and hardware on both rear wheels. Took it for a spin and there's the clunk again. Is it possible that the wheels I put on are the problem? The rims are thicker than the factory Jeep rims and the Jeep wheel studs are 1/2" shorter than ideal. Lug nuts do not get quite as much purchase on the studs as I would like. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Unread 08-24-2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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Could be slip yoke. That thing needs to be greased occasionally or you will get a rear-end clunk.

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Unread 08-24-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
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I've had a few clunking issues. All solved.

-Wheels, goodyear didn't tighten the lug nuts properly, It made a noticeable clunking sound on release of the brake, etc.

-Slip yoke, needed to be greased.

-Leaf spring bushings, the metal sleeve was wallowed out, so I replaced them. (The whole leafs.)

-Loose u bolts, groaned and clunked.
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Unread 08-24-2008, 04:37 PM   #4
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Had rear end clunk greased the t\case out put shaft driveshaft yoke no more clunk in my junk.
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