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Old 03-01-2012, 12:19 PM
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I noticed this happen a couple days ago. Making a sharp turn in a parking lot, applied brake and heard a clanging sound(like 2 fence posts hitting each other.) Checked everything under the front end and found nothing out of the ordinary. Everything seemed tight and the calipers moved as they should Can make it happen 2-3 times after the first time and then nothing until another sharp turn and brake applied.

Also, there is no jerking or vibration out of the front end at all, and nothing running like it is seized up. Just this noise.

Any thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:04 PM
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i would say get it home and jack up the front end and check out your ball joints, tie rod ends and anything up front that you can. You just never know
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:13 PM
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I checked all of that and no slop whatsoever. I had my wife turn the wheel lock to lock both ways and found nothing binding up and she pressed the brakes time after time and found nothing binding up.

I did find a busted dust seal on the axle, but that is of no big concern as it was bone dry and the inner part was still in the axle tube.

I'm stumped. Thanks for the tips though.
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Sounds like a loose track bar. Those things require a lot of torque (406 I think). I had similar issues with my truck and that was the fix.
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Yeah and the track bar wouldnt move with the truck jacked up in the air. So maybe set it down and have a look at it while on the ground.
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Ok, I am sorry ahead of time but which piece is the track bar?

I did do a re-check after lowering it on the ground and found nothing loose either, I do not have any death wobble or anything at highway speeds either, if that helps narrow down anything. And we cannot re-create the problem just turning the wheel and applying the brakes, even tried a slight move forward and applying the brakes and nothing happened.

FWIW, the truck is still on stock suspension.
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the track bar is a smaller diameter bar that runs from the passenger side of the axle to the upper part of the drivers side frame rail, bolted to a bracket. it will be the only bar that is running at 7 o clock to 2 o clock.
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The one with the stabilizer shock on it?
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The one with the stabilizer shock on it?
No. That's your drag link. But your in the right area.
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Ok, just went and checked, here is a picture. I did find the cap on top to be loose, the part right under the cotter pin. But, there is no dead giveaway wiggle to anything. I will try and get a couple more pictures up of different spots and see if anything just jumps out.
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