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post #1 of 12 Old 10-26-2010, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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turning produces clunk? greased linkage still issue

everytime i turn the steering wheel i get a loud clunk, both left and right turns. it turns fine but i feel something give and heard the noise. i greased the tie rods and drag link and lower ball joints. the tie rods seem to be fine. i also changed the power steering fluid a couple months ago. fluid is at good level. it just recently started doing it. ANY help will be greatly appreciated

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-26-2010, 10:55 AM
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I would bet shackle bushings...

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-26-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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the springs are newer and the bushings are good. im going to check the shackle bushings tomorrow.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-27-2010, 08:17 AM
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So you greased everything, but have you checked any parts for wear?
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-29-2010, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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i looked the tie rods over, and every greasable part. everything seems tight (relative).
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-29-2010, 09:22 AM
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Last time I had a problem that sounded like that it was a ball joint.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-29-2010, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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thats what im thinking. ball joints. the tires seem to point out at the top.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-30-2010, 06:18 AM
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your not over extending because of the suspension lift are you? as in almost 3/4 steer it kunks! but nothing relatively irritates your actual steering? no sudden jerk in steering wheel?
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-30-2010, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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no jerk in wheel. just the clunk that i can feel thru the floor boards. it still turns fine. it only does it at random. it will do it for a couple days then stop. then randomly start again in a few weeks if then.....
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-31-2010, 10:45 AM
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On my YJ it was the end of the leaf springs "slipping" on each other. It would happen only every other day or so. Had my friend turn the wheel back and forth while I looked at the front end thinking it was something else. Have someone do this for you and you can at least look for something wrong.
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post #11 of 12 Old 03-24-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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had the wife turn the wheel while i looked underneath. of course it didnt do it then. BUT i did notice the leaf springs are no together. they seem to be coming apart (one more to the right and one more to the left). these are newer springs with poly bushings and they still have the plastic shims in between but seem to be twisting out of place. anybody know what causing this and how to fix it???
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-04-2011, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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found it. it was the leaf springs twisting apart from each other. anyone know how to fix this issue? seems to be getting worse.
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