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I have a 96 with a 5.2l. Between 15 and 30 mph, there is a clicking and vibration coming from the front wheels on both sides. It doesn't stop or change when I apply the brakes, and it doesn't change when I turn the wheel. I put it on my lift two weeks ago and wiggled the tire up and down and left and right, but I didn't have any bearing or ball joint play. Is this noise coming from my u-joints or is it something else? Is there a way to check if they're bad? I should also note that when coming to a stop, when the weight of the vehicle is pushed toward the front of the truck, the clicking is louder and the vibration is worse. Any ideas?
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front u-joint is pretty easy to check. since the tire side is stationary and the axle is free to spin, you can grab ahold of the axle half and twist back and forth. if it moves any and/or makes a click or clack sound, its bad. replace with Precision brand super strength 377 greasable from napa. $29/ea, but you'll be impressed with their bulk.
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