Clunking sound when pulling off and breaking.

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Clunking sound when pulling off and breaking.

Postby rosey58 » Mon 06 Apr 2009 9:44 pm

Hi all,

Have noticed increasingly that when I pull off I hear a loud clunk from the front. I'm on the thinking it's the track rod ends as they seem to have splitand when I look at them one time they are all tight against the are and at other times the rubber grommet is fuly extended. I have bought new ones from Paddocks, but are they the same onboth sides? The offside seems to look different to the nearside? Any ideas??

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Postby paintman » Mon 06 Apr 2009 10:18 pm

Check all axle mounting bolts are tight & that all bushes are in good condition.
To check the TRE ball joints grip the shafts & see what vertical movement there is in the joint. If the rubber covers are split then they need doing anyway.

The most common clunks on pulling away from a start are the rear A-frame ball joint & the gearbox output shaft.
The first can be checked by using a lever between the joint carrier & the axle. There should be little of no movement in the joint itself.
The second by removing the round plate at the back of the transfer box. Then, with the engine off, & in any gear rock the vehicle back & forth looking for relative movement between the shaft & the transfer box gear. Large amounts of swarf in the join are not good news.
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Postby corporal » Tue 05 May 2009 10:08 pm

sound like propshat ujs - easy to replace if you have a vice.
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Postby young1982 » Wed 06 May 2009 6:02 pm

Sounds alot like the same problem I'm having with mine, but I get the loud clunk whilst changing gear and coming on and off accelerator :shock:
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Postby PHIL'S DISCO » Fri 08 May 2009 9:51 am

Mine too. But I have to expect a bit of play in the drivetrain after 130,000 miles. Unless there is something obvious that needs changing you could end up spending a fortune on bushes, uj's, diff's etc.
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Postby jakebullet » Fri 08 May 2009 10:19 pm

young and phils sounds very much like prop shaft ujs as already mentioned, well worth doing as you'll notice an immediate improvement.

rosey, have you checked your swivel bearings?
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Postby young1982 » Sat 09 May 2009 11:39 pm

jake, how much works involved changing the prop shaft and what are you looking at price wise?
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Postby thebiglad » Sun 10 May 2009 11:19 am

young1982 wrote:jake, how much works involved changing the prop shaft and what are you looking at price wise?

Changing a propshaft is an easy quick job - but why would you want to?? Normally if there is wear in the uj you would just replace the uj.

Price comparison. new uj about a £5, new front proshaft £70, new rear 'shaft about £100 !!!
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Postby Ricky » Sun 10 May 2009 11:34 am

As already said probably uj's especialy youngs with the coming on and off accelerator,
rosey check your brake calipers for wear, i had a similar noise when moving off and it was the pads moving in the caliper. i replaced the pads, retainers and the guide pins and the noise went.
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Postby ricmurz » Sun 10 May 2009 3:49 pm

would agree withthe UJ theory thats what mine was, easy to replace done it in a couple of hours.

Meant to say if you et under neathand move the prop about you will easily see if the UJ is done
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