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    Check your ball joints

    Had an annoying clicking noise up front for a little while now. Diagnosed it as coming from the ball joint. Pulled the cotter pin and checked the torque and almost got a complete turn on the nuts before getting torque spec let alone going the extra notch needed for putting cotter pin in. Noise is now gone.


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    Yep this is a known issue. I tighten mine about every 2 months. Good catch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepJL View Post
    Yep this is a known issue. I tighten mine about every 2 months. Good catch.


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    I guess I will have to add this one to my rotation when servicing my Jeep.


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    If a cotter pin is present, how do they keep loosening where they have to be tightened every few months?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTCO View Post
    If a cotter pin is present, how do they keep loosening where they have to be tightened every few months?
    I swear itís the aluminum knuckles, itís like they sink in a little at a time. Iím hearing rumors of the diesels having cast knuckles again. Woohoo if itís true.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepJL View Post
    I swear it’s the aluminum knuckles, it’s like they sink in a little at a time. I’m hearing rumors of the diesels having cast knuckles again. Woohoo if it’s true.
    I've been thinking the same thing for a while now. Regarding the rumors, Dana already has cast knuckles that they plan on offering up as an aftermarket "upgrade" from factory.

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    Aluminum knuckles is a good theory. Iím wondering if there is a point where they stop compressing. The cast knuckles may be in my future.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    I've been thinking the same thing for a while now. Regarding the rumors, Dana already has cast knuckles that they plan on offering up as an aftermarket "upgrade" from factory.
    Sign me up. Not a fan of aluminum on my jeep. Itís not a race car. Lol


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    Could this be the cause of vibration at about 40mph?

    I have been hearing a click for a while but I thought it was the round metal ring around my sway bar disconnect from the RK Suspension.


    What is torque spec for this and socket size if you donít mind?


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    The clicking is 99% your ball joints. Torque them to 55 then go to the next available slot for the pin to fit through. I canít remember the size, maybe 19 or 21mm. I doubt thatís causing you vibration though.


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