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Old 07-09-2013, 11:00 PM
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Default Clunking noise; bad tie rod ends?

'99 1500 Sport, 4x4
I recently posted about my loose steering and slop in the gearbox. I tightened the gearbox and it helped but It's still pretty loose. I've been noticing a slight clunking noise when going over bumps in the road. I can almost feel it more than hear it. So today I jumped underneath to have another look at the tie rod ends and discovered that if I twist the driver's side tie rod end, it clunks against the steering knuckle. Should it move that easily (by hand) and should it be hitting the steering knuckle? The tie rod end boots look a little nasty, bulging and out of shape but the ends don't appear loose when pushing/pulling the tire at 9 and 3 O'clock.
Thanks guys!
Note: 1. Ball joints are good, about a year old. As are the steering damper, drag link, and shocks. 2. Stabilizer bar bushings look pretty bad, compressed and cracked.
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