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Old 12-18-2010, 05:09 PM
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'Pop' in front end

So this last hunting season i spent a day beat'n up 'ol girl pretty hard. Alot of wheel hop as i was pushing several feet of snow and bust'n drifts. Now when i am going straight and start to turn left (not sure about right) it 'pops' in the front. took to dealership and they couldn't find what was wrong with it other than 'greased the stearing stops' (sounds stupid to me). but they were dumb enough to inform me that my train horns sound great (meaning they had to air up the system, as i leave it empty)

Long story short they spent too much time screwing around with my $hit, and didn't find the problem, any ideas???

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Old 12-18-2010, 05:16 PM
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Did it pop when you are making a tight turn?

I had the same problem with my truck today. Hubs were on auto and i was in 4x2 for most of the day. It went away after i actuated the 4x4 system a few times.
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:23 PM
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balljoint(s), sway bar link ends? Jack front of vehicle up, do it on the axle or so you have a load on the spring. Whiggle wheel side to side and up and down movement as if turning but only the PLAY, do NOT turn the wheel otherwise your doing it wrong. Also put a big pry bar or so underneath wheel and pry up against wheel see if any movement up or down. If theres a little ok but if quite a bit you need balljoints, watch for movement, have somebody help you do this as you watch them. Grab sway bar link ends and see if any movement with load on truck, sometimes won't have any movement even if worn out but usually this will only make a noise when going over bumps

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Old 12-18-2010, 05:26 PM
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yes in 4x2, popping before i get to a tight turn, but it does sound exaclty like when it is in 4x4 and turning tight, maybe a hub is hang'n up??

not sure about sway bar, balljoints,, one would THINK a dealership (good size one too) would find that??????
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:31 PM
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Mine does this as well and it is going in next week for this and a few other things so I will report back when I can on what if anything the issues are.
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:43 PM
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would appreciate it since all they could do is 'play' with the horn rather than find the problem,, but it IS going back mon/tue because they are holding the bill ($102) i am supposed to pay (under warranty) since they couldn't find the problem... wtf???
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:00 PM
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balljoint(s), sway bar link ends? Jack front of vehicle up, do it on the axle or so you have a load on the spring. Whiggle wheel side to side and up and down movement as if turning but only the PLAY, do NOT turn the wheel otherwise your doing it wrong. Also put a big pry bar or so underneath wheel and pry up against wheel see if any movement up or down. If theres a little ok but if quite a bit you need balljoints, watch for movement, have somebody help you do this as you watch them. Grab sway bar link ends and see if any movement with load on truck, sometimes won't have any movement even if worn out but usually this will only make a noise when going over bumps
even as hard as i was on it, (not THAT bad) i wouldn't think they could go out that fast with only 30,000miles on it, but anything is possible,,i will definately tell the dealership to check that out....
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:29 PM
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Mine was doing the same thing, one of the hubs was sticking so the passenger side axle shaft was turning and binding. Get underneath and try to turn the axle shafts if they spin free, you're good, if they are tight or bind, try manually locking and unlocking that side as well as some jiggling on the axle shaft. I have to do this every once and a while.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:36 AM
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sounds like a good idea i will check it, thanks,,,,
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:29 AM
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replaced a few front axle u-joints on 08+ vehicles under warranty. mostly trucks that get beat
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