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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Loud bang when I flexed my front axle?

I had my front driver side tire on a small hill, I couldn't make it up all the way because there were trees at the top, so I pushed in my clutch and right as I started rolling back there was a loud bang that came from the front end (while flexed out to the max with sway bars connected). When I went on some two tracks later in the day, it kept on making a thud like the springs kept on shifting but it only made the noise over rough terrain but does not make the noise on the road except turning into bumpy driveways at around 10mph. I know their are several threads on noises in the front, but this one started off differently from the others I read so I was wondering if that could help narrow it down. I also just changed my front diff fluid a couple days before but I doubt that would be a problem.

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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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Crawl under the Jeep and take a look...Have someone turn the wheel while you're under there looking. You could have popped a bushing or damaged the spring or mount in some way.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
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Crawl under and check the links/bushings then jack up the front and check the u joints at the front.

One other thing, were you driving near a grassy knoll? snipers sometimes hang out by them, check the skid plate for 6.5mm bullet marks.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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After having my brother bounce up and down on the front bumper I found that one of the sway bar links had separated at the ball and joint socket probably from wearing out. Now I have an excuse to buy a set of quick discos
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Unread 06-02-2012, 02:26 PM   #5
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Now I have a new problem. I have been trying to pull off the top part of the factory sway bar link where it is press fitted into the sway bar and I cant get it off no matter what I try. I have already broken a 2 ton 3 arm puller and I tried using a pickle fork on it but that didn't do anything. I also tried heating it up with a propane torch but that didn't do anything either. I have whacked at it for what seems like hours with a hammer and a mallet to no avail. Anyone have any ideas to remove this press fit bolt?
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Unread 06-02-2012, 02:38 PM   #6
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As soon as read your post, I knew it was the stock swaybar link as I did the exact same thing a few years ago. I unbolted the other side and swung the swaybar straight down until it touched the bumper. I then use a BFH to hammer it out, making sure to hold the swaybar to keep it from bouncing back. Good luck.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 02:45 PM   #7
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As soon as read your post, I knew it was the stock swaybar link as I did the exact same thing a few years ago. I unbolted the other side and swung the swaybar straight down until it touched the bumper. I then use a BFH to hammer it out, making sure to hold the swaybar to keep it from bouncing back. Good luck.
I would do that except I tried to unbolt the sway bar link on the other side from the axle side but the torx bolt is stuck. I got the nut off fine but the bolt wont budge and I fear stripping the torx head on the bolt. Any tips to get the bolt out. It wouldn't even turn when I broke the nut loose
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Unread 06-02-2012, 03:38 PM   #8
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I got the sway bar link off by sliding the bottom of the link off the bolt but the bolt is still stuck. I tried hitting this bolt out with the nut on the end with the back of an ax but nothing.

I also put the sway bar against the bumper and hit the bolt with the back of a 10lb ax about 50 times and NOTHING!!!

Would heating up the bolts with a propane torch then whacking them help

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Instead of hitting the end of the threads (and mushrooming them), take 2 hammers and hit opposite sides of the sway bar... On each side of the ball joint at the same time. Don't hit the ball joint... Just the sway bar. It should pop out after a couple whacks.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #10
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I just did a HP D30 out of an XJ, the sway bar bolt on the axle side mount was pressed in like a lug nut, it had splines to prevent it turning,
I ended up using a ball joint press and a large impact to get it out and even then it was tough, you may not be able to turn it to get it out.
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I just did a HP D30 out of an XJ, the sway bar bolt on the axle side mount was pressed in like a lug nut, it had splines to prevent it turning,
I ended up using a ball joint press and a large impact to get it out and even then it was tough, you may not be able to turn it to get it out.
Ditto, but I ended up cutting the bolt, then drilling it out.
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let some pb blaster set for a bit then use some heat and try that with a HARD whack but dont mess up the tip of the bolt so that it wont slide out so but a nut on it a bit so you hit that and not the threads.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 08:08 PM   #14
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Okay so after a ton of heat and while my c clamp was putting a ton of pressure on the pressed in bolt and a bunch of really hard whacks with a hammer it popped loose. Thanks for the tips everyone it was much appreciated.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 11:35 PM   #15
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Glad you go it! Head and a big smack can work
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