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    HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    I went on a trail ride through the FL swamp yesterday and noticed a loud slow racheting sound while accelerating while 4hi and 4low were engaged, the sound went away when I went back to 2hi. I was under the jeep today and the diff levels are both where they are supposed to be and there was no obvious wear and tear or fluid spray that I could see anywhere. Im new to this so I could use some pointers to try and locate the source of the sound. 2015 jku sport with 3 inch bds lift and 32 inch tires. Any help greatly appreciated I am driving 300 miles later this week on a road trip and want to make sure nothing breaks on the way there.

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Ps. The clicking only seems to happen when the drive train is "under load" once I maintain speed and am not accelerating the clicking stops.

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    with 3 inch lift, first look at universal joints second carefully run it with - one end at a time - on jack stands. third, check all gear boxes for low level oil. better -- take it to your jeep mechanic. vin

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    HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Agree
    U-joints. Specifically in the axels.
    To check them you crawl under the jeep with the engine off. Grab the Front drive shaft and rock it back and forth while looking at the u-joint. It should all move as one unit. No play. Same for the axels.

    Second check wheel bearings.

    Report back what you did and if you did or didnt find anything.

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by JPNinPA View Post
    Agree
    U-joints. Specifically in the axels.
    To check them you crawl under the jeep with the engine off. Grab the Front drive shaft and rock it back and forth while looking at the u-joint. It should all move as one unit. No play. Same for the axels.

    Second check wheel bearings.

    Report back what you did and if you did or didnt find anything.

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    Driveshaft feels tight turns about a quarter inch each direction as one unit with no play. Checked bearings without tearing into it, I jacked it up and "man handled" both front tires and there was no play, there are no visible cracks in any of the metal and all rubber boots appear intact I wanted to tackle this one myself for the experience but given that I still have a power train warranty for the next 40,000 I guess Ill leave it to the pros and make an appointment with the dealer

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Use it!


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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by JPNinPA View Post
    Use it!


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    Ill report back when they have her fixed, and ill post YT link to a video of a small hill climb I did while it was clicking if I get the chance later

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Does it click only on turns, or when going in a straight line?

    I was getting a squeak when in 4WD - everything felt OK until I took the driveshaft out and poked around:

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Thats what in talking about. Was there any play?

    Got to check the axel u-joints too!


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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Clicking is constant when accelerting, straight line or turning, im baffled

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Here is a video where you can hear the clicking


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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Tough to tell. Flexing and wheeling. If you go up the hill in 2WD no clicking?


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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by JPNinPA View Post
    Tough to tell. Flexing and wheeling. If you go up the hill in 2WD no clicking?


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    2wd no sound what so ever, accelerating, turning going uphill or down, nothing. Just when 4hi or 4low is engaged and im giving her a little bit of the beans

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Would think axel u-joints or hubs.

    Axels snd drive shafts spin all the time but with no load.


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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Dealership confirms our suspicions, front driveshaft was worn where it attaches to the T case (not at the joint which was a surprise to me)

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Learn something new. Fixing for free?


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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Are you saying the driveshaft yoke is wallowed out? or something else?

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by mark sr View Post
    Are you saying the driveshaft yoke is wallowed out? or something else?
    I told him to hang onto the parts so i can see them ill let you know because he was confusing over the phone

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    Re: HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Two weeks back ordered on the driveshaft is there any kit that will let me correct the stock driveshaft angle when I get it back or will i just need to bite the bullet and get an aftermarket one. I have about 3in of lift so I forsee this happening again in the next 40k

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    HELP front end clicking in 4x4

    Adjustable control arms help roll the axel reducing stress in joints.

    Id look at what limits droop. You want the springs (and control arms)to be the limiter. Not the shocks, brake lines, or drive shaft.

    Id have to look but i recall some using a rear shaft in the front for its length. Cant recall is it was only some modes or lifts...


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