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Front end clunks

The jeep makes a clunking noise and "hops" when making sharp turns. It did it only when turning left at first but now it's both left and right. It's got U-joints, not CV joints. I have checked the track bar and it's tight. The only thing I can see is the sway bar bushings look worn and it seems there could be some play there. Could that be the root cause? What else should I be looking at?

In addition, when I slow down and/or turn, I can feel a different sort of clunk, under my feet, like something is moving. This is more recent and appears to be unrelated to the first issue(?). Any ideas what to look for?

Thanks in advance for any advice

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  • treandglen Mar 11, 2009

    I have the same problem, plus a shimy at 40 to 45 and especialy if you hit a bump and are turning at the same time, I have newupper and lower ball joints all new tie rod ends and new tires and rims, new shocks, and steering stabalizer, the only thing left is the rubbers in the four link, what do you say?

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Check your shocks they cause a clunking sound when there worn out if thats not it it could be the bushings

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Just called the local jeep dealer and talked to a mechanic. He said that it's probably the viscous coupler that's not properly engaging. This is an expensive part to replace $1500 but he had another possible solution. He said to check your transfer case fluid and see what color it is. If it's red it's automatic transmission fluid and it's wrong!! Your local auto part store will tell you it's right but I tend to believe the mechanic that's underneath these all day long. Check the little plate on the transfer case and see what model yours is. Mine is a New Process 249 so go to your local jeep dealer and buy 249 transfer case fluid which is clear. Replace fluid 3 or 4 times and see if that helps, if not you'll just have to live with it or pay for the repair, it's a common problem with all time 4wd vehicles. I suggest making wider turns that seems to help.

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