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post #1 of 12 Old 03-03-2008, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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"Clicking" noise when driving - sounds like it is coming from the front

I rebuilt my front axle several months back. Seemed fine for a while, and now I hear a "clicking noise" coming from the front. The noise sounds like it is sequential to the tire revolution.

I dont think it has anything to do with the drive line because I have put the tranny in neutral and coasted down the road and the noise is still there.

What do you all think?

I am a little stumped because I made sure to pack the wheel bearings pretty good, so I dont think that is the problem either. I also cant tell if it is coming from the driver side, passenger side, or both???


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post #2 of 12 Old 03-03-2008, 08:36 AM
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Do you have front disc brakes? If so, what kind of shape are you're anti-rattle clips in? I had a similar issue because I left those clips off completely.

Just a thought, anyway.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-03-2008, 08:50 AM
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It could be the driveshaft u joint, even if its in nuetral, with the hubs unlocked, it can still spin, if you put a TON of grease in there it will spin. However, if it seems to coincide with tire rotation, I'd check the axle u joints too. Nail in the tire?

jack it up and spin em, see if you can't narrow it down a bit. There really arent too many moving parts if the hubs are unlocked. wheel bearings, knuckles and rotors.

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It could be the driveshaft u joint, even if its in nuetral, with the hubs unlocked, it can still spin, if you put a TON of grease in there it will spin. However, if it seems to coincide with tire rotation, I'd check the axle u joints too. Nail in the tire?

jack it up and spin em, see if you can't narrow it down a bit. There really arent too many moving parts if the hubs are unlocked. wheel bearings, knuckles and rotors.

Good luck!
The front driveshaft could still spin, even in neutral and the t-case not in
4wd? I didnt know that. I will check in on it.

Also, I dont think the axle u-joints are spinning either because if I remember correctly, the wheels are just sitting on the spindle and when 4wd in engaged, that is when the axles spin.

Please correct me if I am wrong, as I am not certain.

As always, thanks for all the help guys.

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As the wheel spins, the grease in the wheel bearings is often enough to get the axles spinning(centrifugal force), then the driveshaft(even with the hubs unlocked), it's doubtfull though, that it would be that consistant.

Jack it up, only one wheel, leave the other on the ground. spin, note what happens. Switch sides, repeat and compare. check tires for balance and wierd wear or bubbles. make sure hubs are unlocking properly.

Does it had a locker or LSD in the pumpkin, they can make noise too. Check fluid level of RnP.

Can you feel it in the wheel or in the brake pedal? try driving it with the clutch foot lightly resting on the brake pedal, can you feel it pulsating with the clicking, this could indicate a problem between the pads and rotor.

there really isn't too much between the Tcase and the tires, take your time, work out to in or in to out methodically and the problem, and hopefully the solution, should present itsself.


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Rock or pebble or nail in the tire?

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Jack it up, only one wheel, leave the other on the ground. spin, note what happens. Switch sides, repeat and compare. check tires for balance and wierd wear or bubbles. make sure hubs are unlocking properly.

Does it had a locker or LSD in the pumpkin, they can make noise too. Check fluid level of RnP.

Can you feel it in the wheel or in the brake pedal? try driving it with the clutch foot lightly resting on the brake pedal, can you feel it pulsating with the clicking, this could indicate a problem between the pads and rotor.
Differential is topped with fluid, so I know thats good.

I havent tried riding the brakes quite yet, but will give it a shot this evening. I also like the idea of jacking up each of the front wheels seperately. Wouldnt have thought of that.

Oh yeah, already checked for rocks, etc. and didnt see anything

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-03-2008, 12:08 PM
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I had a tapping coming from the front of my wrangler consistent with the wheel rotation. It turned out to be a u joint.

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It can be a bad wheel bearing too...I had that happen once...
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have you taken your hubs apart and greased them lately? Mine made a clicking sound till I greased them. This should be done every couple years.Use white grease.
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have you taken your hubs apart and greased them lately? Mine made a clicking sound till I greased them. This should be done every couple years.Use white grease.

Good thought. I will give it a shot this weekend. Thanks

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post #12 of 12 Old 03-03-2008, 09:41 PM
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My YJ does the same thing... ill have to check those u joints

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