Clunking From Front-end on acceleration (2wd only?)
My '97 TJ with a 4.5" Rubicon Express short-arm lift just started a new clunking noise in the front after wheeling yesterday. I've crawled under there, and it doesn't seem like the driveshaft/u-joints are in very bad shape (62,000 original miles, with less 500 of them with the lift). Is there a definitive way to tell?
The noise is a heavy ping/clunk that happens until about 10 mph on acceleration from a complete stop. You can definitely feel it in your feet, drivers side front. I tried putting it in 4wd to see if the problem worsened, and it went away. The lift is a used Rubicon Express kit, and I suppose it's possible for the joints to be worn. Is there any way to check them besides seeing if they will move? Is it possible that I over-torqued them? I didn't use a torque wrench when I installed the control arms...
Any help is appreciated. I'm taking out some of the control arms to adjust for my SYE I'm installing this weekend, so I plan to re-torque the control arms and track bar. Please let me know if there's anything else I can check or inspect, and how I should do so.
I forgot to mention, I've recently noticed my steering stabilizer is leaking, but it seems unlikely that it would be involved when accelerating in a straight line. My tie rod was bent last weekend, although I did adjust it a bit to get it as close to aligned as I could. Not sure if that could be related.
Thanks for any help.
Last edited by kpalm7; 10-10-2011 at 06:44 PM..
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