I have a '91 9000T
This problem originates when making a left turn that also substantially upsets the right wheel/suspension. Something like turning left quickly into a raised driveway, that would pushes the wheel far upward into the fender.
Basically, doing so causes a rather disturbing sharp knock, followed by random smaller knocks or dull crunching as the wheel straightens out. It MIGHT crunch a bit more over the course of several minutes, but eventually it WILL STOP.
THEN (***IMPORTANT***) I can prevent it from happening entirely by taking very slow left turns. In other words, the less I upset the left wheel/axle, the less likely it is to happen.
My theory is that a piece of the tripod joint (something like the little end cap) has come loose and is either floating around inside the cup or still attached but bent or damaged in some way. It stays out of the way until the the tripod is pushed far enough inside the cup that it catches onto the object and crunches it around for a while until it settles off to the side again.
This noise HAS NOT occurred while making a right turn or driving straight. Once it goes away, it is ALWAYS re-initiated by a hard left turn with a bump.
It really sounds and feels like running over a chunk of ice, or a small rock. It has a random element to it that that leads me to the small object in the cup theory. All the boots are intact and the axle nuts are tight. It cannot be felt clearly through the steering or in the shifter, only heared and felt through the body.
I am wondering if anyone else has experienced something similar and could offer some insight. Any help would be appreciated.
I intend to start by inspecting the inner driver and move on from there.
Thanks in advance!
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