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    I have an 03 TJ with a 2" spacer kit. About two months ago I started hearing a whinning sound combined with a little bit of a clunking sound when I make slow turns. This occurs only after I have been driving it for a little while. It also occurs when I am turning in reverse. From trying to listen while in the jeep and turning it sounds like it is coming from the drive shaft at both ends. Any one know what I am talking about or know how to fix the problem. Any info would be much appreciated.

    Note: The power steering fluid level is fine.

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    Might sound like I am being a smartass, but it isn't intended that way (this time)...but have you checked the driveshaft...specifically your u-joints and cv joints?
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    What type of 2" spacer are you talking about? wheel or body?
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    Spacers are above the springs body, and yes I checked the drive shaft, everything appeared to be good, changed the u joints and that didnt take care of it.
    Dont worry USMCHARLEYJEEPGUY its ok to be a smart ass every now and then. I will take any input you guys have.

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    Anyway to define the clunking? High/low? Loud/soft? When you checked your u-joints, did you check your c-ball in the front?

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    Clunking noises are the hardest too find, my recomendations are as follows:

    1. Check all your tie-rod ends for any play in them. Do this by having someone turn the steering wheel left and right while you inspect the ends for any play.

    2. Check all your shocks, bushings wear out and they will make clunking noises.

    3. Check your control arms. Make sure the bolts are good and tight. They sometimes work their way loose on the trails, ask me how I know.

    Hopefully these will help, if not, good luck. Let us know what the problem was, whenever you find it.
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    The clunking sound is not very loud, but loud enough to be a little embarrsed when turning into work and people are standing outside. It is more of a low pitch rather than a high pitch. I am not positive but I think it only happens when I am pushing the accelerator. I think when I press in the clutch and let it roll it doesnt make that sound. Thats why I think its has something to do with the drive shaft, also if I stick my head out the door to listen, in reverse it sounds like its coming from the tire as well as under the jeep.
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    I will give it a shot and see what I can find.

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    I had a real loud cluncking noise when I would put it in reverse. I just had new brakes installed and thought it was a problem with them, the noise seemed to be coming from the rear. I took it back and had them check it out. What they found was when I put it in reverse my front axle would rotate a bit because my lower control arm had lossened up. I reset the pinion angle and tightened the bolts and the noise was gone. Bolts seem to loosen when you bounce over rocks all day on the trails.
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    You said in whined too. How are the u-joints in the front axle shafts?

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    Yeah, I would think front axle shaft u joints since you mentioned the clunking when turning. Maybe going bad and causing some binding?

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