Clunking in steering..

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    Bdons-SD Anti spark plug!

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    I have a low speed clunk in my front end, it usually occurs while parking/turning around, or while pulling out and turning from a stop. I'm at 136k and I haven't put done ball joints but I've only had the truck since 98k so who knows but that was my first assumption so I had it jacked up, no up and down wheel play, nothing side to side. I put a digging bar on the knuckle and pry'd with my body weight and still nothing. Checked the u joints on the axles, spin freely with no slop. So I let the jack down fast while watching the ball joints and they didn't budge. The only thing out of the ordinary I can see is this joint on the control arm, there are three total and only this one is oily. But it pivots and moves freely. Any thoughts?

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    That's my first thought, but there is no movement in any direction. Any suggestion on another way to check them? Maybe I need to ductape my camera down there, I can't recreate the "clunk" only happens while its moving.


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    Could be in the beginning stages of them going bad so they only do it once on awhile. I say keeo driving her and keep listening
     
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    Bdons-SD Anti spark plug!

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    That's about where I'm at ha ha. You're probably right, maybe it's only moving under the weight the truck. Thanks man.

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    I like the tape and camera idea.
     
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    01f1502wd going up? yes i am.

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    just duck tape your phone to the frame...that should work.
     
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    Sway bar! I just did the bushings a few weeks ago, looks like one of my bolts loosened up on me. It's been clunking when the truck leans. Un bolted the end links, no clunking. I tightened it back down, but I'm going to get some more grease and lube them up a lot more. And put some thread lock on the bolts. At least I know what it was!


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    Great to hear ya found it,
    never rest until that annoying
    squeak or bump is found in muh vehicles.
     
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    Same here.. I should have checked it first considering I only did the bushings a couple weeks ago. I was focused in on the ball joints ha ha.


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