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Unread 09-08-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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Very loud grinding/clicking noise

I have a 98 wrangler, 4 cylinder, automatic transmission. It was making a clicking noise for a while whenever it was moving, but this was independent from the engine(didn't make noise when revved in neutral and made noise while moving in neutral). Last night, however, it sounded like something snapped or broke, and the noise became much louder.

In 2WD, the vehicle operates fine, just making the noise as it moves. I tried putting it into 4WD and the problem got worse, with the jeep lurching every couple feet. The lurching stopped when placed back into 2WD.

I am thinking it is the transfer case, but I have never done any work on that part of the jeep personally. Would I be able to open it while it is still attached to see if that is where the problem is?

Thanks,
Chris

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Unread 09-08-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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Sounds like you broke the front driveshaft. Look there first. Take it off and check for the noise.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 01:33 AM   #3
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Sounds like you broke the front driveshaft. Look there first. Take it off and check for the noise.
Wow, I am impressed; that is exactly what happened! The rear u-joint on the front drive shaft shattered, allowing the shaft to slam into the transmission with impunity. I've removed the skid plate and the offending shaft, and I have the parts on order to fix it.

Is there anything else I should consider doing while I have the skid plate off?

-Chris
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Unread 09-09-2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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Fluids maybe
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