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#20088 of 23397 Another issue of front end noise
Oct 29, 2005 (7:32 am)
I have recently purchased a 2000 Wrangler Sahara 4.0. I have been noticing a noise in the front end when I turn. Today, it seems worse than normal. I think it could be the struts due to the fact that there is a definate shift in the vehicle when I turn the corner and a dull banging sound. There are almost 78k miles on the car. I know that the previous owner used to use it to commute in the Wash DC area, but that is all that I know.
Anyone have any ideas what kind of struts are on the Wrangler? Also, anyone have any idea what is involved in replacement, if needed? I thought about taking it to my local Jeep dealer.
Since I am new to Jeep ownership, I would appreciate any thoughts on the subject.
Thanks - Chuck
#20089 of 23397 Re: Another issue of front end noise [ocean_shipper]
Oct 29, 2005 (7:51 am)
Wranglers have shocks, not struts. Wranglers have a solid front axle, not independent suspension.
You could have a hub/bearing assembly going bad. Something could be loose in the suspension. I would get it checked out by a reputable mechanic, Chuck.
Mac, your thoughts?
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
Just thought about this one... loose lug nuts? Chuck, I would not drive that Jeep too far or too fast until you get it checked out.
#20090 of 23397 Re: Clutch Promblem(s)? [barnz_69]
Oct 29, 2005 (8:01 am)
I think I got my GL-3 from Autozone.
Ryan, do some checking, but I THINK there might be some GL-5's that do not have sulfur and are safe for yellow metals. Not sure about that, though. Mac?
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#20091 of 23397 Re: Another issue of front end noise [ocean_shipper]
Oct 29, 2005 (9:17 am)
As Tom said, take it to a reputable mechanic, doesn't have to be Jeep dealer though. Could be almost anything in the suspension/steering and something like that can't be reliably diagnosed at a distance.
As Tom also said, you have a traditional solid axle and coil springs, not struts.
#20092 of 23397 Re: Clutch Promblem(s)? [barnz_69]
Oct 29, 2005 (9:24 am)
You may need to check with the various synthetic manufacturers on the suitability of the additive content for GL-3 spec. AmSoil, Redline and Royal Purple are possibly suitable, but do check first.
#20093 of 23397 Re: Another issue of front end noise [tsjay]
Oct 29, 2005 (10:34 am)
Tie rod? Track bar? Tom's right in that it could be any of a number of things. If you'd been off-road at all, I would even say check the axle. A broken front right axle shaft might even sound this way. Are the tires/wheels/suspension stock or lifted?
Excellent call on the wheel. (Should remind us to always check the simplest things first.) A shift and the dull thud could very well be the wheel moving on loose lug nuts. You would think we would notice that kind of thing, but I've had it myself! I purchased a used Audi GT years ago, and finally felt the front end vibrating and occasionally making a thud. Found the right front lug nuts loosening almost off the studs! They were probably that way when I had bought it, but I never checked. Somone may have taken the wheel off at the dealership, then not tightened them back down properly. You never know.
Either way, a possible problem with the front suspension is a "non-driving" issue until you find it. I've also lost a wheel to letting a ball-joint failure go to long on another car, so I can attest to how scary it is when the front suspension lets go at speed. Get this checked out soon.
#20094 of 23397 Re: Will Caravan Wheels Fit JEEP Wrangler? [steave]
Oct 29, 2005 (12:14 pm)
One of the others should probably address this question better than I can, because I don't really know much. However, my Wranglers have 15" wheels, not 14. I have no idea if you could put a 14" wheel on it - would there be interference with anything? Out of curiosity, why would you want to?
#20095 of 23397 Aftermarket Soundbars
Oct 29, 2005 (1:07 pm)
We are getting closer to re-doing the sound in the Sport, and I've looked at quadratec's offerings. Does anyone have any recommendations? Paul, what did you put in Kermit? We got a price from High Voltage for an Alpine head and separate XM tuner, and installing a soundbar if I'd get one somewhere else (they don't carry them.
The Bestop soundbar looks interesting, but (of course) it's the most expensive of the ones that quadratec carries. Any ideas?
#20096 of 23397 Re: Stock CD Player [aujeep]
Oct 29, 2005 (3:05 pm)
Also make sure that you "close" the CD when burning it (i.e. - don't leave it open for adding additional tracks later on. Some CD players can only read the track directory on a closed CD.
#20097 of 23397 New member with new Rubicon!
Oct 29, 2005 (4:22 pm)
I've been "lurking" here for several months, and have read this board almost daily since. Also, I've read over half of all the messages.
Well, I finally made it official (I bought my Rubicon last weekend ) and decided to let you know, since all of you helped educate me.
With rebate, I paid $25,879 + 6% tax & $75 doc fee (MSRP $30,500) from McGonigal Jeep in Kokomo, IN.
I live in NJ, but with a $138 flight to Indianapolis, and the benefit of getting to drive my new Jeep home (~750 miles), I thought it was a great deal! Also, McGonigal picked me up at the airport.
I now have about 1,400 miles on my Jeep - been driving it every day - and I absolutely love it!
Yeah, I had to get used to the quick response of the steering, as compared to my other vehicle, a GMC 2500 HD Extended cab, but the ride is better than I expected, the mileage is better than my truck, and it's so much fun to drive!
As you can tell - I love it!
The details: 6-Speed, Dual Tops, Speed Control, Security Package, 6 Disk CD, Floor Mats, & Locking Fuel Cap. Deep Beryl Greem with Dark Slate Gray interior. Everything else standard Rubicon.
I won't post often, as I'm not as well versed as all of you, but I will continue reading nearly every day.
Now to save up for all the modifications...
Thank you all.