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Old 04-17-2017, 07:25 AM   #1
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'96 XJ AW4 here and for a while I've had this clunking sound just when I come to a stop and right when taking off again. From the feeling and sound if it I'm guessing it's coming from somewhere in the drive line somewhat toward the rear. The sound doesn't repeat itself, it's just one solid clunk when stopping and again when starting. Asked around about it before but nobody had any solid ideas about it.

So couple days ago I see this write-up describing how to grease the slip joints of XJs 97 and up. And in it is a description of a sounds exactly like what I've got. So all happy I've prob found the culprit I re-read the write up again and see it's only for, yes 97s and up.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/g...ite-up-357569/

What's the deal with trying to do the same to my '96? Is my drive line that much different from the 97?
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Old 04-17-2017, 07:52 AM   #2
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Yours is the same. While it doesnt hurt to do, thats probably not the source of your clunk though. Check for worn out u-joints while you are under there.

side note: that was a very long writeup that basically just said "pull your driveshaft and grease the **** out of it"
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You leave my slip joints alone!
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I was going to suggest the driveshaft slip joint as well. A bad u-joint will typically do more than one solid clunk when starting and stopping, in my experience.

I need to pull the slip joint out of my truck ever so often and grease it to avoid clunking like this. It has a lot of miles though (coming up on 270k), so I don't mind.
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Wasn't 97 the year they switched the output shaft on the t-case to the style with the rubber boot on it? I thought 96 and older had the other design that didn't have a boot. Not really anything to grease if the t-case doesn't have a boot
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Wasn't 97 the year they switched the output shaft on the t-case to the style with the rubber boot on it? I thought 96 and older had the other design that didn't have a boot. Not really anything to grease if the t-case doesn't have a boot
They switched starting in 96.
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Ford has a tsb for their f150s for a clunk when first starting, you pull apart the slip in the driveshaft and grease it with special Ford grease.
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