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Unread 01-23-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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Grinding "Pop" noise while making left hand turns

Ok, so for the last few weeks my Jeep has been making this relatively noticeable "popping" metal-on-metal noise while turning left. (It can best be described as a "pop" ..... "pop" "pop"..... "pop" during the duration of the turn.) The noise ONLY occurs while moving and turning left. It doesn't pop while turning right or while turning with the wheels while not moving.

It is about to drive me insane and I cannot pinpoint where it is coming from. I took some advice of a friend and topped of my power steering fluid and the problem persists. I am considering taking apart the whole setup tmrw to look for worn out or bent parts.

My entire steering system is STOCK.

I was just hoping if someone had a general idea of what the problem could be. I really dont know Jack about steering components so all advice is helpful!

Thanks! -Mike

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Unread 01-23-2009, 08:36 PM   #2
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Balljoints.
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Unread 01-23-2009, 08:50 PM   #3
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Balljoints.
Thanks!

Can anyone else verify this as a possiblity>?
and what would be a good replacement?
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Unread 01-23-2009, 09:00 PM   #4
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Sounds like you may have a bad axle joint. Jack the front end of your tj up and set it on jack stands. Then put it in neutral and cut the wheel to the left, rotate both front tires by hand and check for binding.
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Unread 01-23-2009, 09:02 PM   #5
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Sounds like you may have a bad axle joint. Jack the front end of your tj up and set it on jack stands. Then put it in neutral and cut the wheel to the left, rotate both front tires by hand and check for binding.
Too late to do that tonight, but I will give it a try in the morning! Thanks!
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Unread 01-24-2009, 08:36 AM   #6
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I did what was recommended and I couldn't pinpoint the problem. I rotated both of the tires while turned left sitting on jack stands. I couldnt reproduce the noise. Any other ideas before I take it to the dealership?
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Unread 02-11-2009, 07:17 PM   #7
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Ok so I replaced both front U joints. The problem didnt go away.

I took it to a friends shop, Lifted it up and it turns out it was a bent piece of metal in the wheel well. stupid me. fixed and sounds fine now.

but while lifted up i saw my front pinion seal was leaking so I went ahead and had that fixed too.

Thanks for all the help!
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Unread 02-11-2009, 07:43 PM   #8
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Loose track bar bolts (on the axle end) usually "pop" during left hand turns. My TJ has done it before, and both my old XJ and my buddy's XJ have done that too.

Torquing the bolt back to spec fixed it, but after it recurred I finally put in a larger bolt and it quit for good.

You probably will also want to check the track bar nut on the frame bracket while you're at it.

EDIT: Glad you got it. I started my reply while your last post was on its way - got distracted and then hit the post button w/o rechacking the thread, so.... nevermind.
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