WK2 Front Suspension: LOUD BANG
Sorry if this thread duplicates, searched like crazy and didn't find anything similar.....when going over speed bumps anywhere between 2-6 MPH my 2011 Overland with QL makes a very LOUD banging noise as soon as the front tires are going over the downside of the speed bump. It's almost as if the suspension is trying to slam the front tires back into contact with the pavement (but the tires never broke contact with pavement).
This is repeatable only when I have the suspension in off-road 1 or 2....only randomly occurring in auto and never in sport. Noticed this right after my last scheduled oil change (at 20k miles on ODO) so within 1,000 miles my two front Goodyear Forterra HL's are TRASHED. It only happened once so I didn't freak out over it but now I can recreate the problem everytime.
Camber was thrown off and the outermost edges of both front tires are gone (see pics....one problem tire from front, one normal tire from back).
Went to dealer yesterday and they said I must have hit a pothole and that i needed alignment and new tires ASAP. I promptly put a tech into the passenger seat and went over a few speed bumps in the dealer lot, he heard and felt the "BANG!" from the front end, his eyes popped out of his head and then, as quietly as possible said "oh, come back Monday, we have a flash that will fix this". Let's hope so, but in the meantime I'm on the hook for new rubber after 20k miles!!! I'm fighting with them to pay for new tires but right now, as the steel belt is showing on both front tires, but they aren't convinced this banging problem caused the misalignment issue.
Be warned fellow JG'ers, if you ever experience this problem, get into dealer immediately....it might be responsible for chewing up two perfectly good tires very quickly. I'll report back Monday if the flash fixes the banging issue.