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Front end thud, clunk, thump when first starting to move.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by jspansel, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. jspansel

    jspansel [OP] Just duct tape it

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    Going to crawl under it on the creeper tonight and tug/twist/pull on everything and see if I can figure out what it is..

    U-Joints.. Carrier Bearing... shock bushings... etc.

    Also going to put a bit more grease into the slip yolk... It may be binding.
     
  2. Buckoma

    Buckoma Well-Known Member

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    Check to see if your LCA bushings are shot.
     
  3. jspansel

    jspansel [OP] Just duct tape it

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    Ok. I'll get pictures of the suspension bits since I'm not too sure what I am looking for.
     
  4. TacomaJPP

    TacomaJPP To secure peace, is to prepare for war

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    There will be a front and rear bushing where your lower control arm (LCA) bolts to your frame.
     
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    NSDON Well-Known Member

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    If the thud happens when you start moving gently, I would vote for carrier bearing or u joints, slip yoke, something connected to the drive shafts. If the thud happens when you start moving fast off the line, it could be a tranny mount or engine mounts.

    Bad suspension/shock/sway bar bushings are more likely to make a noise when you are moving and the suspension is moving up and down.

    Don
     
  6. jspansel

    jspansel [OP] Just duct tape it

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    Ok... so I lubed the crap out of my slip yolk and that seems to have made it much quieter? Did not hear it at all last night and this morning when I went to the store. Just one small one once. So still seems to be there.

    All u-joints are very tight. No play with eachother. I can push the drive shaft up and kind of wiggle it around a little in the carrier bearing. 1/4" or so. From my research that seems normal?

    My shocks are bad though. The bottom mount bushings are torn. The drivers side is worse and the shock isnt really centered in the mount anymore. Not sure thats what could be causing the noise, but it sure is time to replace! 160k on them.

    Everything else bushing wise looked real good, no play in anything as far as I could tell.

    Here is the drivers side bottom shock mount...

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    Passenger side....
    Not as bad, but still has a tear.

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    Going to pick up some 5100 Adjustable shocks here soon..
     
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    BigBoi Well-Known Member

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    My shocks are highly worn as well. Might be something to investigate.
     
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