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post #1 of 1 Old 09-08-2018, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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2016 JK Wrangler 
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Hello Folks,

Trying to solve a mystery on my fiancee's 2002 KJ.

We bought it with a missing front drive shaft and I just installed a refurbished one. Now, in all ranges (NP242 - 2WD 4wd P/t & 4wd f/) the front end is jerking and clunking in turns . Now I know why the previous owner removed it.. In a nutshell, remove the front drive shaft and clunking goes away.

It kind of acts like 4wd p/t is always engaged.

First thought was to check the linkage for the T-case. It seems to disengage and engage normally. The linkage is not binding and lever moves. Then inspected front half shafts and I'm not finding any tears in the boots or excessive play. I would think that if the half shafts were the case, they would have clunked with or without the front drive shaft.

Checked front diff fluid, full and clean. No problems with tie-rods (again, would pop with or without driveshaft).

Kind of thinking front axle shaft bearings due to the increased load while turning, but wanted to see if any of you had run into this problem and what your fixes were.

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