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Old 03-19-2014, 05:53 PM
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Hi guys, I wasn't sure where to put this but I put it here anyways. Also, I've researched this topic before I posted but couldn't find anything that was similar to the problem I'm having.

Four days ago I went mudding. It wasn't very intense, less intense than I usually drive off road. When in 4wd there were a few odd squeaks coming from who knows where but I didn't really think anything of it. Once I got back in 2wd on the road however, an odd clicking sound appeared and it sounds like it's coming from one of the wheels. I can never tell which one it comes from because I'm always driving inside the cab. The clicking speeds up and slows down with the speed, and engine acceleration and braking have no effect on it, so obviously it's something down in the wheel area. It (may) get quieter when I turn, sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. It doesn't effect anything such as steering, traction, stability, etc. It just clicks, and clicks, and clicks. I feel like it's starting to get louder and A) I don't want anything to fall apart and B) I hate when people stare at my truck because it sounds bad.

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Check your wheel for a stone or something stuck in the tread. I had a bolt in my tire and made the clicking sound.
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Exactly what he said ^^
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I just looked and there are a ton of little pebbles in the treads. Nothing that I feel would be big enough to make that loud of a sound though? It's 10:00 at night right now for me, so tomorrow during the day I'll take every single pebble out and see if it fixes it or not.
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Wheel-joint? Could be the u-joint at one of the front wheels getting ready to take a powder. Jack it, and check for play. Make sure you are in 4x4, and locked. Then jack and support. Look for play along that whole driveline while you are at it. Check wheel bearings also. Rock top-to-bottom of the tire. That can do hub, as well as, ball joint.
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I agree with Laz, that you have an axle joint (or2) that's fix'in to let go. crawl beneath and look for the universal joint at the pivot point of the wheel when steered, shove a big screwdriver in the joint and see if anything wiggles in the direction of rotation at the joint. I would do this without being in 4wd. Also, if you have a squeak in 4wd, check the back end of the front driveshaft by jerking up & down, no slop authorized, if you have slop, get a ballsocket rebuild kit for the double carden joint, may as well buy the associated ujoints for the driveshaft as well, since you're in there. The worn ballsocket is also indicated by severe high frequency vibration at speed, in 4wd. One other thing, if you find worn axle joints, avoid using 4wd, and if you must use it, DO NOT make any sharp turns, you have a high probability of destroying the yokes on the axle stub and the half shaft when the u-joint lets go. then it starts to cost real money... A torch comes in really handy for all this work, but it can be done with pretty much any toolbox, your axle nut will be 1&11/16.
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