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Front End Noise (clunking)

well i believe its my front cv's its sounding like its falling apart......iam started to get tired of this if it isnt one thing its another
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are the cv boots intact?
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are the cv boots intact?
i believe so
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this cant be good........

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take the wheel off make sure your CV boot is good..no grease thrown anywhere..

make sure your caliper bolts are tight..and your caliper isnt frozen shut..
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take the wheel off make sure your CV boot is good..no grease thrown anywhere..

make sure your caliper bolts are tight..and your caliper isnt frozen shut..
there i no grease anywhere that i saw...i hope it isnt the caliper..lol
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This is in 4wd while engine off

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um you dont have a limited slip in the front... therefor both of the front wheels are not going to spin...

i dont see and issue or hear anyhting?
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maybe a wheelbearing?
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um you dont have a limited slip in the front... therefor both of the front wheels are not going to spin...

i dont see and issue or hear anyhting?
actually, it should.. since there isnt any load on them
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idk not necessarily...
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idk not necessarily...
idk man.. i had my truck just like his and mine kept on rollin
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haha man you have an OPEN front diff...only a pinion and some gears that left front wont spin..

BUT with no weight on the bastard it should spin backwards..id say grab the front CV and just pul on er..does it move? rattle? anything? and id she ahs lots of play id be rippen the diff out and takin the cover off..might have something wrong in the pionion or mini axle

ID ALSO be careful doing it but try and spin it while the rest are..it if grabs and goes backwards well it should be ok..

Spin the good one forwards when locked in 4x4 and the engine off..then run over to the other side see if its going backwards
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I had the same problem, turned out to be the universal. Replaced that and it started clunking worse. Turns out that when I put them back together, rotated the one shaft a 1/4 turn and threw it out of balance.
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um you dont have a limited slip in the front... therefor both of the front wheels are not going to spin...

i dont see and issue or hear anyhting?
it has spun before on that wheel in 4wd.....iam no hearing the clunking noise either but it was doing it rilling about 5mph in front of walmart....
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it something suspension wise then.

ball joints? CVs shouldnt clunk, maybe if you hammered on it while the wheel was turned full lock. then they would pop

im thinking ball joints maybe inner tierods.
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it something suspension wise then.

ball joints? CVs shouldnt clunk, maybe if you hammered on it while the wheel was turned full lock. then they would pop

im thinking ball joints maybe inner tierods.
it sounded it the drivetrain because it honestly sounds like a shaft or something i will video ther noise the next time i hear it i gues i should specif the sound a little better it was like clank clank clank rattle clank rattle...lol


i had all ball joints/wheel bearings checked and all are good......
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can you feel it in the floor? and does it only do it when drving slow? or at all speeds?
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grab the front driveshaft and wiggle it around see if it has slop in it. same with the cvs.

were you even in 4wd in the parking lot?
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can you feel it in the floor? and does it only do it when drving slow? or at all speeds?
cant feel it but only did it while driving in front of walmart @ 5mph.......like mine rattles when iam climbing stuff to like that wall i climbed......and rocks...this time i was on level ground driving straight @ 5mph
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grab the front driveshaft and wiggle it around see if it has slop in it. same with the cvs.

were you even in 4wd in the parking lot?
no i was in 2wd.....first time i turned 4wd was when i got home and it was on jack stands

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grab the front driveshaft and wiggle it around see if it has slop in it. same with the cvs.
going to do that now
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Well the driveshaft makes alot of noise when you wiggle it and that may be what iam hearing........the front cv's are nice and firm...make a little noise but not much.....

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Wow i dont know man i would say shake down your front end real good see if u hear anything from upper balljoints lowers ones, but also see if theres any play in it. Good luck
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