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Hey everyone. I've searched and searched but I can't find a thread with a resolution to this problem... well two problems that I think are connected. 2000 Frontier XE Crew 4x4, 75k Miles, very mild 1" Tbar crank but otherwise stock.


-First, my truck clunks and jolts when shifted from a stop into drive and even worse so into reverse. This is not a typical clunk that I've ever experienced. Its so bad going into reverse it feels like the brakes *barely* work even with new front pads and rotors. The whole truck with sort of "ka-chunk" forward or reverse when putting into gear. It sounds like its in the rear end.

-There is a similar sound on take-off and stop. Say I get to a red light- just before coming to a complete stop there will be a clunk. Then when the light turns green and I take off there is a clunk when l accelerate only when the gas is applied (its not from brakes). This is accompanied by a vibration in the steering wheel and seat which I feel up until around 70, when it smooths out, but its worse when accelerating from a stop (more load I'm guessing).

All rear u joints were replaced as well as carrier bearing, 4 new tires, new upper/lower ball joints, sway bar bushings, front pads and rotors (The previous owner was an idiot who did next to no maintenance fml). I have not drained either the diff, tranny, or t-case because of money even though I really want to. If I have to I will but I can't afford to do it unless it 100% needs to.

Some questions:

-Has anyone had positive outcomes greasing the slip yoke? I've read threads on that where people say it helped and others say nothing changed.

-Could the front driveshaft u joints be causing all this? I have not checked them, but I will tonight. The rear drive shaft does have some rotational play- heard that's normal though

-Bad motor mount? Read up on that but I cant find a thread that says where exactly they are located on these trucks. Someone fill me in?
The transmission mount on the cross member actually looks good, almost like it was replaced at some point. Every bushing on the truck is dry rotted pretty bad though, so I'm leaning towards a mount.


Long post here but I'm trying be specific because I really can't afford to take it to a shop right now. Thanks in advance for all the help!
 

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...see if your dealer will help you diagnose the issue; your not required to have them fix it though.

Better to be safe just in case its something major (my mother in laws sub A frame on her Escape was totally rusted out and broken and she was like "why does the steering feel so sloppy"?...)?!?
 
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