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Popping Noise in Front End

this is on my 01 4x4...when i turn the wheel left or right while parked it makes a popping noise and its pretty loud..also i have noticed when i go from drive to whatever it makes a POP noise in the front end. this ****s annoying...i wiggled the cv's and they feel tight i don't understand what it could be
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you check your sway bar bolts
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Kinda off subject but I figured I'd ask. Im not 4x4, but i kinda have the same prob, execpt my front end squeaks a lot, is there any way to fix that.
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Kinda off subject but I figured I'd ask. Im not 4x4, but i kinda have the same prob, execpt my front end squeaks a lot, is there any way to fix that.

when going over bumps?

if so grease your sway bar...
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way of testing or would it be visible wear?
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i agree, get some moog upper and lower ball joints and be done with it.
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this is from the "creaking" post.

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the ball joints from the factory are not greaseable, the "sockets" dry out, causing it to creak/squeak/pop.

100k is alot of miles, be glad you got that out of em.
some people only get 40-80k out of upper/lower balljoints.
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video will be up soon...
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video is hard to tell. you need to jack the front end up from the frame so the wheel are relaxed with no pressure on the ( no jack on the lower a-arm) take ur hands at the top and bottom of the wheel and try and move the tire ( upper arm pushing and lower arm pulling) wiggle it back and forth to feel for play. then do the same with ur hands on the side of the tire. play on the side is going to be tie rods, play up and down are wheel bearing or ball joints. only way to check our ranger ball joints in with a pry bar. you need to try and push the ball joint away from the control arm and watch for any movement in the joint. im guess its a lower balljoint, but really its hard to tell without being there and feeling the susp.

if you take it to a dealer they will usually do a 99point inspection for free. or at least at our dealer we do.

that driver side tie rod looks pretty bad from the video.
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do exactly as evan said to test the ball joints. and for the love of god replace that tie rod end before it completly breaks.
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i THINK i might have a tie rod in my backyard id sell yah (:
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i THINK i might have a tie rod in my backyard id sell yah (:
how much and how hard to replace..
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video is hard to tell. you need to jack the front end up from the frame so the wheel are relaxed with no pressure on the ( no jack on the lower a-arm) take ur hands at the top and bottom of the wheel and try and move the tire ( upper arm pushing and lower arm pulling) wiggle it back and forth to feel for play. then do the same with ur hands on the side of the tire. play on the side is going to be tie rods, play up and down are wheel bearing or ball joints. only way to check our ranger ball joints in with a pry bar. you need to try and push the ball joint away from the control arm and watch for any movement in the joint. im guess its a lower balljoint, but really its hard to tell without being there and feeling the susp.

if you take it to a dealer they will usually do a 99point inspection for free. or at least at our dealer we do.

that driver side tie rod looks pretty bad from the video.

i will try this tomorrow...
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how much and how hard to replace..

im not 100% if i have one or not..

shipping might be a pain but ill take it for 20 if i have one ill check for you tomorrow..

install i have no idea..
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did you look at it yet? find anything loose?
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did you look at it yet? find anything loose?
nope i found one thing and it bothers me...


edit: will be back with a pic soon
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is this supposed to look like this?


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i wouldn't be worried about that, i would be more worried about the crack in w/e that is to the left.
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i wouldn't be worried about that, i would be more worried about the crack in w/e that is to the left.
that is no crack that is a piece of metal over the upper half..
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anyone?
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i see the front drive shaft in there, but what does that bolt go to? i need a zoom out.
is that the bolt for the front diff? go in there and tighten it up the diff may be rockin when you hit a bump.
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i see the front drive shaft in there, but what does that bolt go to? i need a zoom out.
is that the bolt for the front diff? go in there and tighten it up the diff may be rockin when you hit a bump.
yes that is the bolt that holds the front differential...i tightened it last night
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