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Old 03-14-2011, 01:39 PM
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I get a clunk that seems to come from the passenger side AFTER I get moving over about 10 mph. I have done a visual inspection of all the universals plus checked for play/looseness (with the truck in neutral) and all the u-joints look good. Also, if a u-joint is bad wouldn't it clunk upon engagement of drive or reverse? This doesn't. It appears to be dictated by speed in that the faster I go the more it clunks. I forgot about checking the short shaft that goes from the transfer case to the front diff. I will check the u-joints there today.
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Is the noise repetitive or intermittent?
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It's there all the time and seems to be getting louder. Also I can almost feel the clunk (not sure if that is my imagination). Checked to be sure there was nothing near the driveshaft also.
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Check the front shaft and see what you come up with. U-joints can be bad from lack of lubrication and not show any signs of looseness. The best way to check is to remove the chaft and check for freedom of movement. Another way is with an infared temp gun. Drive the vehicle about 10 miles and then take the temps of the joints caps. They should be within about 10 degrees each other.
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Wouldn't the u-joint make a clunk as soon as it was engaged though? The noise I get is silent until I go over about 5 or 10 mph.
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It would only do that if it were loose. Joints can be noisy and be tight.
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Sounds like what I found out about mine, I realized it was making a noise when we start driving (both forward and back, and like yours it is on the passenger side), I changed my brake pads today and found that there was some play where the universal is in the yoke, you may possibly need to by this:



I'm not a mechanic, so compare my post to what everyone else is suggesting too, before making any kind of decision.
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Since the weather isn't cooperating too well here (no garage) I will have to wait to pull the shafts out to inspect. In the mean time i have another vehicle to use. I will keep you updated on the progress. Should I pull the main drive shaft, front shaft or the one to the half shaft to the front right wheel first?
Just thought I would also report results of another problem - can't find the old thread on it but this may help someone later on. I had a no start situation any time it even thought of misting. Turned out that the coating on the coil was cracked and moisture was getting in between the laminations. Replaced the coil only to get an intermitant problem, had to replace the pig tail that went to it also! Now it fires up better than when I bought it.
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I just had a very similar experience. Driving down the highway, I felt a slight vibration that felt like a front tire needed balancing. after about 5 minutes, it got worse and then it felt as if a tire had exploded! The whole front end was shaking. I immediately pulled off the road and couldn't find anything obvious. I had the truck towed to the house and drove it up the street and could hear a clanking sound that sounded like metal hitting the drive shaft. When I looked underneath and shook the front drive shaft, it moved several inches in all directions. Below are pictures from the destroyed shaft at the u-joints... Looking for a new front shaft now...
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