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Unread 01-22-2013, 06:51 AM   #1
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Full Lock Steering Problem

On my 2000 TJ Sport (4.0/auto) on 30" x 9.5" tires, I recently rotated my tires (I do it every other oil change) but this time the front end has started to clunck when I turn the wheels to full lock. This happens with full lock in both directions, and also in both forward and reverse. It almost feels like the t-case is slightly engaged, or at least it feels similar. However other than changing the engine oil and rotating the tires, I have done nothing else to it. Stock suspension, no steering or brake mods. It currently has 191k total on the odo, approx. 80k of that is on a 2nd engine.

I did use the search function, but it would appear this forum is too crowded with threads as I ended up with thousands of hits, and none of the dozens I checked out had anything to do with my symptoms. Maybe as part of the FAQ sticky there could be a common troubleshooting guide included.

Thanks for any help.


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Unread 01-23-2013, 05:12 AM   #2
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Unread 01-23-2013, 06:26 AM   #3
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Check your LCAs for missing paint.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 06:29 AM   #4
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Something like this perhaps?

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Unread 01-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #5
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Check your LCAs for missing paint.
I will, although it has never rubbed before. Strange things can happen though.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 02:05 PM   #6
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check the front axle ujoints
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Unread 01-24-2013, 06:39 AM   #7
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Well it is not rubbing. How does one go about checking the u-joints? Just grab them and pull? Twist?
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Unread 01-24-2013, 06:50 AM   #8
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Chrck your lug nuts . And jack up well on jack try moving tire back and forth and see if it make the nose in the air I sat my phone on video and aimed it at front end .hope it helps ..
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Unread 01-24-2013, 07:52 AM   #9
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That looks like its rubbing. At full lock, when you move faster does the noise get faster? If so you will have to add a washer or two to your steering stops.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #10
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I had a clunk one time that turned out to be a loose track bar mount. Have a look at the bolt head at the axle and see if the metal is shiny like it's been moving.
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