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Unread 05-25-2004, 10:33 AM   #1
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rattle under front end

Help! I recently installed a new spring plate under the leaf springs on the driver's side of my Jeep (84 CJ7, 258, 4" lift). I now have a really bad rattling sound when driving. It sounds like it is comming from under the petals on the driver's side. It rattled a little before, but never this bad. Could this possibly be related to the new spring plate not being tight enough?

My steering also seems to be wandering more.

Any ideas? I'd appreciate any help.

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Unread 05-25-2004, 01:57 PM   #2
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If the spring plates not tight enough, STOP DRIVING. The axel could shift and cause a total loss of control. Double check everthing and make sure everything is tight. Then start looking for other items that could be loose, without looking at it personally I can't help. Could be anything really, since it rattled a little before I would assume its not the new spring plate, but better safe than sorry.
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Unread 05-27-2004, 09:54 AM   #3
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Just some advice on things to look at...I've had these problems too.

Wheel bearings, when loose can rattle on bumps and cause problems with steering control

Steering intermediate shaft, can wear a little and rattle and cause loose steering

Toe In, adjustment problems can cause steering control issues

Ball Joints (see wheel bearings above)

Tie Rods can wear and cause a "pop" and steering control issues

Shackles and spring packs could not be fully tight and also cause the problems you have listed...

I am sure that there are others too.
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