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Truck makes a clunk when intially put into gear

When putting the truck into gear there is a clunk noise, also when in forward or reverse there is a squeeking noise, sounds similiar to worn brake shoes but they were just changed 3 months ago and are working to spec. Wiggled the driveshaft to check universals, little play but it seems like there is play in the front yoke going to the transfer case.

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Look for dust like rust color at either U-joint, my guess is it's time to change at least one, but if I did one, I'd do other too.

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