Re: Clunks and thuds
I ignored mine for a long time. The clunking and the harsh thunk when I put it in drive. I was driving home one night and hit a large pothole, and I thought I had a flat tire for about 150 feet, but it must have been the jolt misaligned the front axle assembly until it re-aligned itself and the noise went away. With the vehicle on axle stands, I could put a power bar on one of the lug nuts and pull forward, and there was a lot of movement. All three of mine were shot. (73,000 miles)
No more issues since I replaced them. No front end noises and putting the tranny in gear is silk smooth, almost silent. Based on my experience, I don't think leaving this unattended was a good thing.
2015 Cherokee North 4X4
CWG, BU Cam