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Old 06-19-2009, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Clicking in front on turn???

Ok I have a 1988 2 door XJ. I bought and had to replace both front hub assemblies, brakes, and tie rod. I thought the noise I was hearing on left turns was probably my brake pads popping but I have replaced the pad springs and still have a noise. It has a hell creek 4.5 inch lift and 1 inch spring spacers up front. Its driving me crazy. Almost sounds like a locker clicking, its that load. Any ideas???
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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check and see if your u joint is broke, i've got a broken one and clicks
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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agreed, sounds like a bad ujoint. Could just be really worn, ie: no needles left. Seen a few like that and they tend to click as the cross rocks back and forth inside the caps.
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I'd say the needle bearings in the axle shaft u joint are shot... they might click.
More common, if you have the CV joint axle ... they love to click.
It should happen in 4wd only if its a U joint. Also, driveshaft CV joints will click too.

These clicking sounds usually happend when 4wd is engaged.
Id say axle shaft U joint/CV joint... or front driveshaft CV joint.

Or if you're hub is really shot... I would imagine it could click too.
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It doesnt matter if in 2wd or 4wd. When I had the wheel off replacing the wheel bearing I checked for play in U joint. Did not see anything abnormal. It almost sounds like the spring popping around. Is that something that anyone has had happen? Think I will get a wrench and check all control arm, track arm, and any other suspension bolts. Its driving me nuts...
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If you can, prop the front axle on stands so the tires can spin freely. Then with the tires turned, rotate it and you should hear the noise, while turning the tire (by hand). Sounds to me like a bad ujoint. One cap may be dry and screwed and make it hard to diagnose when driving. But when suspended and you can get in there and listen/look while turning by hand, it is usualy very obvious where the noise is coming from. Ujoints are cheap though and relatively easy to replace. The outershafts and hence the ujoints are always turning on unit bearing (XJ, TJ, YJ, ZJ, Etc) front axles. Unless you have manual hubs and they are unlocked, then the ujoint is moving and will make noise or show its issues.
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