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Brad S
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:35 am    Post subject: Creaking/Popping Sound Reply with quote

I have noticed recently that my GC is making some creaking/popping noises.. These happen mostly at low speeds (at least thats when I notice them) and while turning most of the time..
I crawled under the jeep and fiddled around, couldn't find anything loose. I greased all the fittings I could find, and the sway bar connects are still good. Does anyone got any ideas as to what it could be?
Possibly u-joints? Shocks maybe?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's most likely your viscous coupler inside the transfer case.
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Brad S
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, I already swapped it. No more viscous coupler Very Happy
It sounds like its coming from the front suspension or something...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got a lift? check track bar, check front shocks make sure they are tight if you can grand them and rock them any little bit then tighten them...my shocks were loose and thats what made my sound
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Brad S
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not have a lift. I checked the shocks and they seem really tight.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Betcha it's the inside u-joints/cv joint. Do you do alot of city driving? That tears 'em up almost as bad as 4wheelin over rocks. Check the boots if you've got 'em, if torn replace. Jack up a wheel and put a BFS(screwdriver) in the u-joint, just so it wiggles, and check for slop. If sloppy, replace. Check the color on them, sometimes they'll get so hot, they'll "blue"up, like a cycle exhaust. Don't overlook something silly like a brake pad, or a wheel bearing though. These could make a weird noise like that too. Good luck 'Bro!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is one that noone has said.. Mine used to do alot of creaking and popping. And I found what it was.. Look at the frame side of your lower control arms. See if it looks likethey have been moving ..(Smudges around the bolts) Alot of ZJ's didnt come with the cam washers on the lower arms and eventually they will get loose and do the popping thing..

Another thing to check is Have someone wiggle the wheel back and forth while you look at the steering.. (Ball Joints can cause the popping..)

Let us know what you find..
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Brad S
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright, I've been busy over the Christmas weekend, but I finally got around to jacking up the front end and pulling the wheels off.
I didn't find anywhere that looked like the control arms had been loose, but I did find two joints that I had missed when greasing things. I greased those up and drove around for a little while. I didn't hear any popping, but I will see the next couple of days if anything continues..

Cajzmere, are you referring to sticking a screwdriver inside the CV boot? Just a bit confused there...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi! sorry I didn't really specify. If you've got cv-joints and the boots are intact and not leaking, conventional wisdom says they're ok. The BFS is for if you've got (open) u-joints. Wiggle it around a little firmly to check for play within the joints themselves. Sounds like u got though so Good Luck!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I have the boots, and they appear to be in good condition, but around the edge near the wheel it's leaking grease. Not a lot it doesn't look like, but you can tell grease is coming out. Should I do something about this?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If its making clicking noises in slow turns it could very well just be a CV..

You can get them at Pepboys for about $89 each.. They are easy to change yourself... It is possible that they are bad even if the boot is not torn...

But you can check the bone yard for an XJ and get the U jointed shafts and not have that problem anymore...

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