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Old 09-19-2013, 09:27 AM
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"clunk" after coming out of reverse

Guys... I need some help. I'm hearing and feeling a clunk after shifting into drive from reverse. Here's the situation:

1 - back out of the drive way; 2 - come to a complete stop in road and shift into drive; 3 - proceed under very little skinny pedal (if any) and within 15 feet I feel and hear a clunk in what appears to be the front end. It almost feels as though the entire front axle is moving. It only does it when coming out of reverse... everything is normal when proceeding from a stop, turning, etc...

Any thoughts?

It's a 2004 F350 Crew Cab short box FX4 with 123,000 miles. Stock suspension. The only work I've had done (only owned it for 5 weeks now) is rear drive shaft balanced with new u-joints and mid-ship bearing, alignment with tire rotation. New swaybar bushings at the axle housing and new end links.

The axle u-joints appear to have been replaced recently as they are greasable type joints. I can also reach in behind the front wheels and turn the shafts so it's not stuck in 4wheel drive.

Thanks for any / all thoughts and suggestions.

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:39 AM
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Was the truck doing this before you pulled the driveshaft?
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Yes... it's been an ongoing annoyance. I thought it was just an autohub binding a bit but I swapped them with another same year truck to see if it changed anything and it didn't.
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I have had this problem on my truck a previous truck also. Both times it was the splined joint of the drive shaft that was sticking. In both cases I had to clean up the splines real well and grease it up and reassemble. Cured the clunk both times. If you already cleaned and greased that joint when you had the drive shaft out don't know else would cause that exact problem.
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I have had this problem on my truck a previous truck also. Both times it was the splined joint of the drive shaft that was sticking. In both cases I had to clean up the splines real well and grease it up and reassemble. Cured the clunk both times. If you already cleaned and greased that joint when you had the drive shaft out don't know else would cause that exact problem.
Are you saying that this could be coming from the splined join (slip joint) in the front drive shaft??? That one I have not touched so it makes sense it could be my issue.
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It was always the rear shaft on mine. Not really sure if the front shaft could cause this also.
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It wouldn't be the front one since he shouldn't be in 4x4. If he was or the hubs were locked, then the clunk would be somewhat normal.
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