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98 dodge ram quadcab 1500 small 8 cylinder motor. when I start it there is a very loud clacking noise underneath. after it runs for a few minutes it becomes not so loud but doesn't go away. could it be a u-joint? or something else?

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Possibly a cracked flywheel. i would make sure there is nothing rubbing first after that i would narrow down where the noise is coming from. if it is internal take a screwdriver and hold it to your ear and touch it throughout the drivetrain and where the noise is the loudest is where your problem is. kinda sounds like a cracked flywheel or a loose heat shield. i dont think it is a u joint because it shouldnt be turning if the truck is not moving.

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