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Rod
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10/04/2004
05:20:26

Subject: Intermediate Shaft?
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I did several searches trying to find someone who has had a similar problem to the one I'm having, with no luck. The closest I got were the threads on the steering intermediate shaft. When going over rough pavement or pulling into my driveway, I can feel/hear the front wheels/suspension knock slightly, but the sensation isn't transferred through to the steering wheel. And maybe I'm so convinced that there is a problem that I'm imagining this, but my truck seems to "Road Walk" (needs constant steering correction) a little. Sound familiar to anyone that has dealt with intermediate shaft problems? '02 QC 4X4 4.7 LSD AWD
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10/04/2004
17:10:55

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What you're experiencing might be the "Dodge Thud" and there are plenty of posts on that one. It's basically a clunking sound or sensation which doesn't seem to have one single cause and in most cases has usually proven to be harmless. Note: when you take it in to the dealer, they will not be able to duplicate it. Make sure you go for a test drive with someone and make sure he hears it.



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10/05/2004
10:38:03

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Rod, sounds quite a bit like what my 02 QC AWD was doing a few months ago. It started to repeatably thunk over an expansion joint in a parking lot at my workplace (right turn) and at the turn-in to my sub-division (left turn).

I took it to the dealer as a ball joint problem, and after quite a long discussion over how ball joints are supposed to be checked vs. what they did, they finally replaced the 2 uppers.

After that, no more thunking.



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10/05/2004
11:55:49

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2000, CC, 4X4, LSD. I know what you mean by "Road Walk". Mine drifts to the right, more than you would expect from a slanted road surface. I have had the wheels aligned three times with no cure. I have read several posts on this problem but have never heard a satisfactory explanation. I hope someone can come up with one.



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10/06/2004
17:10:58

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BOTH symtoms are related to bad ball joints.



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10/07/2004
03:07:16

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Good Day! i too am having the same problems as most on my 2000 quad, i get a pop when i gas it from a dead stop or when i brake hard, turn right or left at slow speeds, but the funny thing is that i had the whole rack replaced at 50,000km, i am now at 106,000km and cannot believe that they could be shot already, i only do highway driving and no off road whatso ever, i also tried the speedtweaks poping sound trick, but no go, o well i guess it is time to replace the ball joints again and this time with moog parts, boy i hope the new gen 4's don't have any ball joint problems.



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