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Clunkity Clunk Clunk...Right Beside My Ear

Has anyone else ended up with a god awful clunking from inside the Jeep directly next to their ear on the driver side?

I have pulled and pushed on the seat belt router in the B pillar while driving and it didn't change a thing so I'm not sure that is it.

I'd like to know if anyone else has dealt with this issue with success before I go ripping shit apart chasing this clunk.

Oh...experts only please.

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post #2 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 12:52 PM
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In my expert opinion, it's the loose screw behind the wheel...

More info - like what kind of top are you running, other things mounted in the area that aren't factory, added sport cage, etc?

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Factory hard top. Has been checked for fit and tightness. Nothing non-factory inside the Jeep. No sport cage, etc.

Whilst I definitely have a screw loose, this clunking is from OUTSIDE my head. I have identified all of the internal clunks.

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I had / have that clunk on bigger bumps... traced it to my door strikers. Wrapped them in electrical tap and it goes away... for a little while at least. I got tired of doing it every month or so and just live with it.

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Yep. Door Strikers need some electrical tape on em. Although my tape tattered and is almost non existent the doors still don't knock anymore.

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SUCCESS!!!! Thanks folks. This shall be tried this evening.

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JKO Rocks. :copyofrockon: I was thinking either the door striker or the sound bar had a loose bolt on the sport bar tie in.

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Yep, electrical tape on the door strikers.

Reminds me, I need to re-wrap mine.

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SWEET RELIEF!!

Thanks to this fix my morning commute was much quieter.

Things are always better when external clunking doesn't interrupt internal voices.

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white lithium on the striker assembly works as well.
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white lithium on the striker assembly works as well.
This is what I did. I've greased mine twice in the first 50K miles. Works great. I don't have a link, but I think there was a TSB stating this is the "Fix".

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This thread reminds me that I was at one time thinking of coating the strikers with rubberized undercoating instead of electrical tape. Has anyone done that? Also been seeing those infomercials for that spray on rubberized coating that goes on thick and is flexible but strong... the one where they "spray it on a screen door installed on the bottom of a boat with no leaks."

Just ideas but no time lately to try 'em out.

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The spray on coating sounds like a decent idea. I'm wary of any kind of grease as I daily drive my Jeep and grease + suit= angry

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My strikers are e-taped too.

But it's pretty bad when you have to use electrical tape on a 6-month old, $30,000 SUV.

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It's not a fault, it's a feature. All of them do this. Part of the Jeep Experince! Not the first time an unruly Jeep has been tamed with a roll of tape. You should try owning a CJ!
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My strikers are e-taped too.

But it's pretty bad when you have to use electrical tape on a 6-month old, $30,000 SUV.
I find that fact more charming in that - that $30k went UNDER the Jeep where the drivetrain is (you know, the part that climbs up MOUNTAINS) rather then useless things such as how quiet everything is.

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Thanks for this thread, I thought something was loose and was going to fall off at any moment. Thus causing me to lose control and T-bone a school bus full of nuns.

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I have had my '09 for over a year now, and its made this "ckunk" the whole time ive owned it! I couldnt figure it out either, figured it was the striker though, but I have finally come to terms with it! But, now I think ill try the e-tape method!
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Try a little grease on the latching mechanism in the door. It works on mine.


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