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Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

I have a 4WD all time 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited that I purchased about a month ago from a dealer near where I live.
Everything seems to work fine on it except there is a strange clicking noise coming from the right front passenger side whenever I accelerate. (like the sound the "Wheel" from the Wheel of Fortune makes when it is being spun, louder at first then as I speed up it get higher in pitch)
It seems to be coming from the wheel area on the front passenger side. Usually the clicking sound starts when Im driving highway or whever I get above 45 mph.

When it first started I took it back to the dealer for them to look at, the mechanic there took it for a drive to get an idea of what the noise was (said he got up to 80 and didnt hear much!) Well his verdict was that the tread on the tires was not smooth on the inside which can cause that "clicking" noise when driving at higher speeds, he said it would go away whenever I got a new set of tires.

Heres where my problem start. I just got a full set of brand new tires on Saturday and as soon as I got on the highway the clicking noise started again. Only this time it seems to be worse where as the only time the clicking started before was when I was on highway or above 45 mph it seems to be starting at 30 mph stopping for a little bit then starting again at 45 mph, at a more constant rate.
The same clicking, grinding sound also happens when I make sharp turns. Like turning into a parking space.

I would like to get an opinion before I take it into the shop again because I bought the car used and it is no longer under warrenty, so I dont want them pushing me around telling me nothing is wrong like last time. Can anyone help with this situation?
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:27 AM
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

I am going to take a guess at the CV joint or wheel hub. I replaced the passenger side hub when it was making a slight whine while driving at low speeds.

While I had it apart I checked the CV boot for holes and the joint for any play, since it slides out after taking the hub assembly off.

Great article on taking the wheel hub and CV joint out:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/...w-pics-377208/
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

Thanks! I ended up taking my jeep in this week to the dealership to have it looked out. It turns out it is the transfer case! Apprently it needs replaced and the mechanic at the dealship said it would cost 2500 for the transfer case itself, plus labor. Does this sound about right for you?
I was not happy at all by this because this has been something I have been working with the dealership on since I purchased the jeep. I got the jeep for 6800 and with the transfer case needing replaced we're looking at a 3000 fix! Almost half of what I paid for the jeep!
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

I had the SAME exact problem and the SAME exact symptoms as you and the mechanics all tried to b s me.

I replaced the wheel hub and bam, problem solved

I would try that first since its a lot cheaper then what they want to do (around 60) for the hub.
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

Your transfer case is right under you...if you hear the noise at the wheel, I'd be a little concerned about your mechanic's diagnosis. Have you checked to make sure the wheel well plastic liner is secured properly? I know it sounds stupid, but if you hear it more as you go faster, that could be it. Air could be pushing it into your tire as you drive at faster speeds. Check it for any signs of rubbing and see if it's loose. That would totally make a "wheel of fortune" sound.
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

Noises can easily propagate through the driveline and appear to be at an other place then where the noise is really coming from. There where some cases where the chain inside the T-case was stretched too much and could skip teeth, making a popping/clicking noise. This however is no reason to change the whole T-case, but just the chain. What did they find to come to the conclusion that the whole T-case has to be changed? Or they just want to make some easy money?
Have a look at the fluid from the T-case after some driving, to see if there is any metal glinsters in there, which could identify a problem overthere ( check for proper level as well). Also check the fluid in the front differential for any metal and the level. Check the front propeller shaft CV or U-joints for play (and the CV boots). Check also the boots of the drive shaft CV joints. If all seems to be ok, you could decide to change the right front wheel bearing and hub, eventhough it would be still a shot in the dark.
If you are not sure about the maintenance previously performed, its maybe a good time as well to change the T-case and Diff fluids. (Then you can plan also for a later date transmission fluid, engine air filter and plugs, brake fluid and engine cooling liquid)
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

If it is the t-case a rebuilt unit can be had for 1200 or less, not 2500. only about 2.5 hours labor. I'd lean towards a wheel bearing or a bad cv shaft. The front driveshaft joint at the t-case always rips open on these and can make a hell of a clanking clicking noise. They can be upgraded if you have select trac but oe only if you have quadradrive or quadratrac. The after market rebuilt ones are garbage. The viscous coupler in the t-case is what fails on these usually, and it usually makes it bind in tight turns and pop alot not really click.
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

Well when they did my 27 point inspection when I took it in for the noise it did say on the inspection sheet that the CV joint would need work soon. But the dealership decided that they screwed up on their end where the transfer case is concerned before I bought it so they are paying half the cost to replace it. Its going to cost 1400 for all the work and parts ( they bought a rebuilt transfer case of a lot cheaper then a new one, go figure when its coming out of their pocket). So I'm looking at a 700 fix.
Thats what I intially thought when I took it in that it was the Cv joint or the ujoint, imagine how surprised I was when they said it was the transer case. I'm taking it in tomorrow morning to get the work done so we will see if that fixes it and I will let you guys know! I will also mention the CV joint when Im there, might as well fix it when my jeep is already there.
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Re: Clicking Noise from front passenger side when accelerating...Please HELP

Just an update for you guys, They replaced my tranfercase yesterday and my jeep is no longer making the noise! SO that fixed the problem. Although I do know that I will be needing to replace my cv joint sooner rather then later. Thansk everyone for the help I appreciate it!
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Good to know that the problem is fixed, quite an unpleasant surprice however so soon after buying it.
Regarding the CV joint, i changed mine last year and got one from Rockauto.com for about a 90 USD when i remember well. Its quite easy to change, however you need some basic tools for removing the shaft, a circlip tool and a puller to pull the old joint of the shaft.
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