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Unread 12-07-2010, 06:48 AM   #1
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Thump and rattle from front end?

I just bought a 2010 JKU and am experiencing a problem. It has less than 300miles on it and has not seen the trail yet.

I hear a thump or rattle sound in the front end---possibly on the drivers side. I hear it especially if I hit a small bump or something in the road. If the bump is a little bigger, there is a thump and then a rattle that sounds like something flops around a little bit. I know the weather is cold (12 this AM) but should I be hearing such sounds? I have not been under it due to the snow, ice and temps. Anyone else have experience with this sort of problem?

I thought that maybe the temps are affecting the bushings, etc., but I don't think a new one should be so loose. Any thoughts?

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Unread 12-07-2010, 06:54 AM   #2
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Any chance it's coming from the passenger door?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 07:00 AM   #3
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No. It is definately from the front end. I have heard similar sounds from my Dad's old '79 Cherokee a long time ago. It sounds like something is loose or shifting under there. My '05TJ made the sound a few times, but that was after some rough use and many miles.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 07:32 AM   #4
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Can you feel it in the steering wheel? Just some small/slight bumps right?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 07:37 AM   #5
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I believe that you can feel it, at least indirectly. I know you can sure hear it. Yeah, just little bumps in the road. Even going down the road hitting imperfections in th roadway. I first thought it was simply dry bushings and the cold weather, but then I heard the rattling sound afer the initial thumps. At first, I thought the suspension was just flexing in the cold weaher, but now I'm not so sure.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 08:35 AM   #6
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I believe that you have the infamous "Steering Clunk" in your Intermediate Shaft. Unfortunately it is pretty common with Wranglers. It has to do with a bushing/sleeve on the Intermediate Shaft in the engine compartment at the firewall. I would search the forum for this, and you will see that there are MANY threads covering this one. I believe that it is a sticky in the FAQ's section at the top as well?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 10:44 AM   #7
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I doubt that you have the dreaded “steering clunk” with so few miles. You need to find somewhere where you can crawl under you Jeep and take a good hard look. Things like the plastic air damm, shock bushings etc. Take a look at this (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/s...cause-1023438/) too, maybe your problem.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 11:11 AM   #8
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I hope it is not the steering clunk problem. I would hate to have such a headache already. I would have been under the Jeep already, if it were not for the snow in the driveway. When I can, I'll be under there with a fine toothed comb. Thanks for everyone's help.

I read some of the post about the steering clunk. I do not remember if I really felt anything significant through the steering wheel or just heard it. I am going to have to do more in-depth trouble shooting when the weather permits.

It sounds like through my reading the the steering clunk problem can have multiple causes and can be really a PITA to fix.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 12:35 PM   #9
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Which ever it is, you should be able to have it looked at and fixed under warranty, right?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 12:38 PM   #10
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Yeah. It is just like I left the dealership with it. Nothing modified. It is just aggravating----the dealership is 1 1/2 hours away.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 12:57 PM   #11
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Oh, boo. I can understand why you want to know exactly what it is before going in then.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 07:12 PM   #12
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Yeah, it is quite a drive for a shot in the dark. I'd like to know so I can get it fixed in one visit.
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