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Unread 08-15-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Should the front axle move laterally?

When I am parked and turn the steering wheel side to side I can see my axle shift from side to side. I know my track bar is loose on the axle side of the bar as I can see the bolt move as I turn the wheel. The bolt is stripped and I cant get it off. I am going to have to take it to a shop. I was wondering if that is what is causing my clunk/pop noise in the front. It gets alot worse in 4x4. It does it from a stand still and while moving slowing and turning

I am thinking because the axle moving it is putting stress on the front drive shaft as I get a clunk/pop and I can feel it bind and pop in the steering wheel and underneath the drivers-side floor board. Would this make sense?

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Unread 08-15-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Fix the known problem and reevaluate.
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Unread 08-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #3
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Fix the known problem and reevaluate.
It is in the process of getting fixed. I just wanted to know if anyone had a similar issue that was from the same culprit.
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When I am parked and turn the steering wheel side to side I can see my axle shift from side to side. I know my track bar is loose on the axle side of the bar as I can see the bolt move as I turn the wheel. The bolt is stripped and I cant get it off. I am going to have to take it to a shop. I was wondering if that is what is causing my clunk/pop noise in the front. It gets alot worse in 4x4. It does it from a stand still and while moving slowing and turning

I am thinking because the axle moving it is putting stress on the front drive shaft as I get a clunk/pop and I can feel it bind and pop in the steering wheel and underneath the drivers-side floor board. Would this make sense?

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No, the axle should not move side to side at all. Zero, nada. Fix the passenger-side loose mounting issue, that connection must be stone-cold solid with zero side-to-side or up-down movement allowed.
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Unread 08-15-2010, 07:30 PM   #5
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No, the axle should not move side to side at all. Zero, nada. Fix the passenger-side loose mounting issue, that connection must be stone-cold solid with zero side-to-side or up-down movement allowed.
Thanks Jerry, I was pretty sure it shouldnt be moving at all. After the bolt/bushing gets replaced, Ill post an update.
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Unread 08-15-2010, 07:54 PM   #6
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mine has come loose a couple times from hard wheeling and it started makering the clunk noise bad yesterday,i tightened it up this morning and its all good again..
and yes,the bottom bolt on the t.bar really is a torx work of art lol.
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But, but, but, I thought a loose trackbar bolt would result in instant and severe Death Wobble.
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Unread 08-15-2010, 09:34 PM   #8
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Naw....it will wait until you are about 800 miles away from home on a long distance wheeling trip....then, it will start with the death wobble.
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But, but, but, I thought a loose trackbar bolt would result in instant and severe Death Wobble.
Bwah ha ha!!!!!
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Unread 08-15-2010, 10:43 PM   #13
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But, but, but, I thought a loose trackbar bolt would result in instant and severe Death Wobble.
Thats the thing, I dont have a Death Wobble. Does a loose bolt on the trackbar usually give a death wobble?
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Thats the thing, I dont have a Death Wobble. Does a loose bolt on the trackbar usually give a death wobble?
It can, but I was poking fun at all the single solution silly boys that offer it up any time a DW question is brought up.
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It can, but I was poking fun at all the single solution silly boys that offer it up any time a DW question is brought up.
Whoa there old man, this is TJ Tech!






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