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Hey my 89 wrangler started making a popping sound today while going into 1st and turning. Its done it a few times in the last week but I haven't driving a stick in a while so thought it was from me not shifting right but today it started doing it a lot more.. =(

Any ideas? I'm taking it to the shop to get checked out but would rather do it myself so if possible that way I can learn more about it.
 

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If it seems to be coming from the rear axle it might be a good idea to take the diff cover of and have a look in the rear differential. Dana 35's do like to munch spider gears now and then
 

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I agree with aw12345, Give you gears a good look. I blew mine about 6 months ago, and it made a clunk when shifting for a while before it went all the way out. Hubby though I was having issues shifting too as I had not had a stick for a long time. But once we replaces the gears that noise went away.
 

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If it happens while turning and it's coming from the rear, it sounds like spyder gears. Easy to replace. But do it before in munches the ring and pinion.
 

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I grenaded the spyders in my D35 but parked it right away and fixed it. Saved the R&P.
 

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Every tIke I have herd that noise it's either been a driveline U-joint is a loose control arm or a bad control arm bushing. All easy fixes
 

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Every tIke I have herd that noise it's either been a driveline U-joint is a loose control arm or a bad control arm bushing. All easy fixes
YJ's don't have control arms. Just sayin'.
 

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A squeaky noise in the rear is either you had too much beans, your kids, or the leaf spring bushings. Could be dist on the shocks. Hard to tell.
 

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Ya i accidentally put it in the tj section, thought I hit YJ... sorry. And ya there are no bushings on it right now so as soon as those parts get in I'll figure out if that's the problem
 

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A squeak and popping could very well be u-joints. Set your parking brake and with the trans in neutral push/pull/twist the driveshaft while looking at the u-joints on each end of the shaft. There should be no movement at all within the joint. They're easy to replace...can be done with a couple blocks of wood, a socket, and a hammer. :)
 
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