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Front end problem

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by anatomiczero, Jan 19, 2002.

  1. anatomiczero

    anatomiczero 1/2 ton status

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    Well this is what happens, When I turn the wheel all the way then start to go and straighten out the wheel I feel and hear a clunk in the front end. It also does it sometimes when I'm going fast and turn. What can be the problem?

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  2. TorkDSR

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    is that in your ford fiesta, or dodge daytona? cause from the post/background info i wasnt sure?

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    Let's assume it's on a K5, dude. No need to be a prick. In fact, while we're on the topic, I'm noticing a pattern in your responses.......I hope you know what I'm talking about.





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  4. anatomiczero

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    Oh yea, it also makes a clunking noise when it's in 4wd (sound coming from up front) not sure if it's related or another problem.

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  5. anatomiczero

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    It's in my sig now so i won't forget to put it in.

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  6. TorkDSR

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    easy killer, you must not be reading all of them. i post all the time about my k15 as do others. and front diff makes a big deal when it comes to front end noise, in a ten bolt it could be the ball joints on a dana it could be the king pin. not trying to be a prick, maybe i need to add a few more smiles here and there [​IMG]

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  7. Burbinator

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    Here's a list of things I would inspect for problems:

    1) Tie rods/drag link
    2) Ball joints
    3) Steering stabilizer
    4) Spring/shackle bushings
    5) U-bolts
    6) Sway bar (if equipped)
    7) Shocks and mounts
    There are probably other things too...

    A good visual can go a long way...

    Good luck and let us know what you find!

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    you should add that info to your personnal bio stuff too. but as for the noise you should jack up the front end of the truck and give the tires a good kick right at the top if there is a sloppy movement up to down then you should lookinto ball joints, if you get movement side to side look into tie rod components. if that isnt it, then take off the auto hubs(im assuming thyre auto hubs) and make sure nothings broken, then krack the front diff cover and see if you are missing any thing there

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  9. anatomiczero

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    Thanks for the replies, I should probably open the front diff. There's no movement in the tire when I raised it. They're manual hubs, maybe I'll check those out too.

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    You should fill out your bio so we won't have a civil war break out between Paul and the Tork guy.
    Shawnboy.

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  11. Leadfoot

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    I had a problem on a 10 bolt after I installed a raised/dropped steering arm. The adjusting sleeve collar (where the bolts and nuts are to "lock" the adjustment) locking nuts were hitting the arm as I turned. All I had to do at the time was turn the sleeve slightly so that the nuts were not in the way when I turned. I didn't see it until I had somebody turn the wheel while I watched. I hate to say it, but something this simple took me a little while to figure out. There are other things to look for, as mentioned above, but this is something to consider to. Hope this helps.

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  12. anatomiczero

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    Well we've never opened the diff and we've had it for 9 years. When should the fluid be changed, and what weight gear lube?
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    I would say that is definately overdue.
    2 quarts of 90 weight should do the trick.


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    in adition to these:
    1) Tie rods/drag link
    2) Ball joints
    3) Steering stabilizer
    4) Spring/shackle bushings
    5) U-bolts
    6) Sway bar (if equipped)
    7) Shocks and mounts

    You can also add bodymount, gone or cracked making the fllorboard pop, as the bodymounts give way to movement.
    But My guess would be worn joints in either the steering or the suspension.
    Good luck hunting it down, and use a friend to watch as you do the tests described.

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    Thanks for the ideas people. Well I lifted it and locked the hubs and put it in 4LO, then turned the tires. The poping noise is coming from the transfer case. So I took off the front drive shaft and locked the hubs drove it and there's a little oping from it. Then I put the transfer case in 4HI and drove it and I could definatley feel the poping and here the clunking.

    I think the guy that rebuilt the transmission said he put tranny fluid in the x-fer case, doesn't the NP205 take gear oil? Another thing when my dad took off the rear driveshaft to replace U-joints fluid came out of the X-fer case but he didn't add any.

    I'll try and get him to let me take the front diff cover off, he doesn't want too and says it's fine.

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