Clicking/Grinding Noise When Turning

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There is a clicking noise coming from the steering column when I complete turns in normal city driving speeds. This occurs when I turn both left and right, and in both 4A and 4H modes. This is the first time I’m hearing this noise, and it’s also my first time driving in heavy-ish snow. I’m not much of a cars guy, but I’m wondering if it could be a problem with the 4WD…considering this is the first time I’ve had to engage it. Is anyone else having this problem?


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So as you probably no, when you're in four-wheel drive you can't really steer very sharply. Now you mentioned 4A mode, which isn't 4 wheel drive unless it needs to be, So you would have to look at your dashboard to see if it was trying to send powers to the front wheels when it's making that noise.

Normally when someone says they get clicking when they turn, it means their CV joints are bad. But if you're only getting it when in four-wheel drive, it could just be your four-wheel drive system letting you know it doesn't like but you're trying to do.

In my wrangler, when I'm in four wheel drive, and I start to turn to sharp you can fill the steering wheel want to fight back. That's where I stop.
 

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CVs. Did you put a lift on it?
 

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Yes. It’s has the zone 4” lift, but doesn’t feel like a suspension issue. The only change is front upper control arms and 2” spacers on 17x9 wheels and 37” tires. It only does it at low speeds while turning sharp left or right.
That may be an ok look but functionally, you have maxed out your CV angles and running in 4WD has them telling you that they are not happy with the situation.
 

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I’ve never engaged 4wd. It only has 1700 miles on it and it has never been off-road or barely a speck of dirt on it.

They still rotate. Probably maxed out angles and turns make it worse.
 

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I’ve never engaged 4wd. It only has 1700 miles on it and it has never been off-road or barely a speck of dirt on it.
Without selectable hubs your CVs rotate at all times. I concur it's the lift. You might be able to do a diff drop and get by.
 
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Geometry matters according to a mechanic I know who works Jeeps.
 

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Dealer just called and confirmed that there’s no issues with the lift. What’s happening is the front wheels at very low speeds while turning have a 3-5 mph difference which is communicating with the abs module to get ready to engage. However, because it’s only while turning left or right and then immediately straightening out the wheel it actually never engages. The feeling and the noises are all coming from that module. The remedy is to recalibrate the computer for the 37” tires, which at this time they do not think they can do with their scanner. I asked them to put the Sasquatch calibration in it which is equivalent to 35” tires and they acted like they couldn’t even do that. They asked me to leave it for one more day. If they are able to recalibrate, I will update. Thank you for everyone’s input.
 
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They still rotate. Probably maxed out angles and turns make it worse.
These mall crawlers usually don't last long as the thot process comes up a bit shorter than the lift.
 

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I don't have a 'clicking' noise, but I am getting an alarming 'grinding' or maybe a metal 'scraping' noise when turning left, only sometimes. Seems like it might be correlated with speed, and therefore force of load or something. I recently posted pics of my Bilstein shocks looking like they have some kind of seepage, and I'm now connecting the left one looking worse than the right, with the left-turn scraping noise :unsure:

Have base Sasquatch setup, no lift, oem wheels, tires, suspension. 14k miles. Year old.

Only front end 'geometry' change would be the extra weight of my FabFours Matrix bumper (like 200 lbs).

Gonna need to get it checked out, but anybody got any ideas?

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