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Front end is clunking when I go over bumps. Truck is not under warranty, so wondering what best route would be to start?

Is a slipped belt common in wranglers? Moved the suspected tire to rear and wondering if this will do any damage?

RPM fluctuation? while going down the road I notice my RPM's move from 1800 to 2000/2100 even while in cruise. Normal? thoughts....

How do I know when truck goes from 8 to 4 cylinders?

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Clunking could be anything. Start by inspecting all steering and suspension joints.

Broken belts aren't uncommon in Wranglers and they're easily spotted. They will also cause a horrible vibration and a pull if on the steering axle.

Sounds like MDS operation to me.

You just have to listen for a change in engine sound.
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Glad to have you here, great questions and it looks like Randy has hit the answers on the head, again. (that's why we respect him).

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I got a clunk and its the control arms, old nasty bushings, so I'm just gonna change ball joints while I'm in there
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my 03 1500 has a rattle somewhere in the rear , ever since I changed my shocks I hit rough road area in town 25 30 mph I hear rattling noise . HELP
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could be anything from wheel bearing, ball joint, control arm bushings, or shocks.

Shocks are the easiest to check. push down on your bumper on either side, if the truck bounces over and over its probably them.

Ball joints can be checked by lifting your front end and pushing on your wheel 3,6,9,and 12. any play?

Control arm bushings are harder to check but lifting your suspension from the spindle side you might see some play

wheel bearings usually give more of a squeak or rattle/grind
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I would take a close look at the anti-sway bar bushings where they mount to the frame/body. They could be worn allowing a deeper thud/clunk sound over bumps.
I'm sure there's a write-up on proper testing of these somewhere on the internet.
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I know I'm coming in late to this post but I have the same clunking in my front end. It is the sway bar end ling bushings. How I figured it out with minimal work is I pushed side to side on the tires to shake the truck and when I heard the clunking, I would touch each of the components under there. I felt a thud on the sway bar every time I heard the clunk.
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