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 Post subject: Occasional Clicking Noise When Driving
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:18 pm 
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Seemed pretty straight-forward at first, but has me scratching my head, so thought I'd ask here...

Started noticing a clicking noise when driving, some of the time. Perhaps a bit more common when turning but happens when driving straight too at times. Seemed like a clear case of CV joint failing so I jacked up the front of the car and took a look. Axle CV joints all seemed fine, No tears or splits in the boots, no signs of thrown grease, No side to side/up/down play in any of the CVs, and the axles themselves did not have any turning play.

I also checked the front drive shaft, its joints seemed good, but when I tried to rotate it, it would turn about 10-20 deg. Not sure if that amount of rotating play is OK or not.

So I am puzzled, would have guessed it to be a CV joint, but at the moment they all seem fine. Perhaps the front drive shaft, do folks think that amount of rotational play is normal? Otherwise, what other things could be causing the clicking?

Thoughts?

(BTW, the lib has 2.5" of lift, which I understand is hard on the axle CVs, and was a reason to suspect them)

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 Post subject: Re: Occasional Clicking Noise When Driving
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:49 am 
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Could it be brake petal micro switch? Mine does that randomly, sounds like when someone clicks a pen but louder and more forceful.

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 Post subject: Re: Occasional Clicking Noise When Driving
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:48 am 
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Most likely the front driveshaft joint on the transfer case end.
You wont see/feel any damage there but it will make noise.

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 Post subject: Re: Occasional Clicking Noise When Driving
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:50 pm 
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A simple way to test:
Remove the front driveshaft and see if noise goes away.
You can run/drive the vehicle without the front driveshaft for as long as you want.
It will not cause any problems not being in place. :wink:

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