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Clicking in 4x4 While Turning (Video Inside)

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Clicking in 4x4 While Turning (Video Inside)


When in 4x4 my 2002 Ranger (Manual) clicks when turning right or left. You can hear the clicking in the video posted above--though the sound is not captured very accurately.

In 2WD this does not occur (no clicking while turning).

FWIW, when the front end is jacked up in the air, I can freely rotate the tires (straight and turned) with no clicking noise. Not sure if that is helpful at all.

My instinct tells me this is related to the CV joints, and I should replace them. What do you think?
 
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Yes, most likely one of the CV joints is going bad

There is also a "CV type joint" on the front drive shaft at the transfer case that would make a "clicking" noise, called a propeller joint
This would make the noise all the time usually, 2WD or 4WD straight or turning when it was failing

Try jacking up just one wheel with weight on it and turned, to see if that helps find which one is failing
If wheels are hanging, no weight on them, then CV joints are at a different angle than when driving normally
 
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Originally Posted by RonD View Post
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Try jacking up just one wheel with weight on it and turned, to see if that helps find which one is failing
If wheels are hanging, no weight on them, then CV joints are at a different angle than when driving normally
Perhaps this is an ignorant question, but how would I keep weight on the wheel, jack it up, yet also still be able to turn the wheel? I didn't observe any great points to jack the vehicle up from the control arm--but maybe I'm missing something?
 
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Floor jack or bottle jack

Use a block of wood on lower control arm, you only need to jack it up maybe an inch or two to get tire off the ground
 
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Quick update:

Swapped out the front axles on both sides this past weekend. Very easy job for the most part.

I also uncovered a very worn wheel bearing on the driver's side during the repair, so I replaced those on both sides.

Symptoms of clicking have gone away, and the ride quality is dramatically better (no vibration at speed).

Thanks for the help!
 
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Thanks for the update
 
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