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Karen, there is only one front shaft... unless you are talking CV joints for your transmission and one always replaces both of them. If you hear clunking noise when moving it could be several failed parts, you need to do some checking first to try to narrow it down. Wear a glove and climb under your car. If you need to jack it up to slide under, PUT IT ON JACKSTANDS. Jackstands are always the best option when raising a car as you can use a wheeled creeper to roll under on your back. Anyway, with the gloved hand, grab each tie-rod and try to move it Up and Down. If both are firm, your tie-rods are fine. There is also the Front Anti-Roll or Sway Bar which is bolted to the underside of the chassis. It has two rubber bushings on it. Grab it and try to shake it Up and Down. If it's firm it's fine. Finally, you will see the Idler Arm, the rod that connects the steering gear to the tie-rods... do the same check. If nothing is loose, it could still be your Rack & Pinion gear assembly that is causing problems. These are sold as complete units for about $180 in most cars. RockAuto is your best bet. The signs of a failed rack & pinion assembly are loose steering... you turn the steering wheel and the car doesn't respond crisply. Put a clean, flattened cardboard box under your car and leave it overnight and see if anything is dripping. It could also be your front struts and strut tower bushings. Do a quick shock test by pressing down on each bumper corner with your full body weight behind it and then release. Each corner should spring back up after 1.5X of displaced distance movement at the most. There are large rubber bushings at the top of the front struts that you can see as they fit underneath the part you can see under the hood and on top of the struts under the car. These can rot out in older cars. Look for leaks along any failed shocks and always replace both shocks on the same axle. Hope this helps you.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
With the information given this is not a sure solution. Questions that need to be asked is when does this happen, turning at slow speedm high speed, when hitting a pot hole etc? Since you have replaced a lot of things already, assuming you have NEW good quality parts so you did not replace bad parts with new bad parts i would definitelu check the pitman arm. This runs from the stering gear to the tierod. It can give you some good clunks while steering, especially at low speed when there is a lot of resistance. Check it by having someone turning the steering wheel when watchin/feeling it.
Posted on Sep 18, 2009
SOURCE: 1988 jeep wrangler 2.5 4wd
Needs someone to check for play in the items you have mentioned (though probably not the u-joints), plus the swaybar links, and shock absorbers. If you can get the vehicle jacked off the ground (with safety stands under it) you should be able to check most of these items with a suitable lever bar. Wobble the steering wheel side to side to check the tie rod ends, with the vehicle on the ground and one hand on the tie rod to feel for the clunking.
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
Had similar problem with 2003 Dodge GC. Replaced the parts you mention + rack & pinion, then to fix the now noticable whining noise, replaced power steering pump and pulley. Fortunately was under an extended warrentee at 46k miles.
Posted on Jul 19, 2008
raise the truck and have some one rock the steering wheel back and forth while you look for excessive movement at the idler arm - also check is the input shaft on the steering gear box rotating more than the output(pitman arm side) i've seen more steering box failure in the last several years especially true with big tires or boggy road driving, a rebuilt box can be bought at a local parts store- o'reillys, advance, napa etc.
Posted on Nov 23, 2009
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