My jeep is at the shop hope it will be fixed today, I thank you for your help. I kinda feel the same as you, not convinced this guy knows what it is although he is a mechanic, and I dont know anything about this, just know very scarey when I drive it and I feel have no control steering, (like it is too loose and wanders)
I was explained that the upper trailing arm bearing is bad and would cause the tire to sound uneven because the arm stablizes the steering, this could also explain driving on a muddy road front wheels caused the jeep to swerve very badly even when I put in 4 wheel (almost like no contro lor grip in front end) never happened before even in the snow.
When turning to the left or driving on bumpy road (like mine with potholes) the banging comes from the front of the jeep-although before I took it in it was happening on both side when going straight (hit a pothole) the banging is very loud and can feel at my feet, it is now on the passenger side, also heard something in the rear passenger side. Will call this am to suggest he look at the rear track bar mount and the coil spring. I luv my jeep but have had enough! bought it in 06 used with 90,000 miles 2 mos. after driving down the road going around a bend-steering broke was on the ground! had it towed to a dealer-they replaced the steering box, and put a used front axle(?) in -ever since front end has been odd like I discribed above-very loose feeling-will let you know what happens and I thank you again for your time