2005 Jeep Cherokee Engine clicking

Tiny
WILLEVERETT4
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  • 2005 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,500 MILES
When I push on the accelerator, there is some sort of clicking noise coming from the engine I think. It makes my car sound like a crappy lawnmower. I think its time to replace my shocks and struts and ive heard the clicking could be caused by those being worn out. Is this a job I could do myself? Ive done shocks on older jeeps before, but ive heard struts cannot be done at home. Any advice helps. Thanks so much -Will
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 AT 4:18 AM

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Tiny
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Hello -

To better assist you is your model the Grand Cherokee Laredo or the Limited? Also what is the engine size in liter?

It sounds like you are telling me two problems unless I am misunderstanding you.

When the car is sitting at idle in park and you push on the accelerator there is a clicking sound. Is this correct or are you talking about when you are driving?

When you are sitting at a stop light and it turns green and you accelerate then you hear a clicking?

Why do you feel you need to replace your shock/struts. Are they leaking or is there excessive bounce?

Please go to Auto Zone (AZ) or O'Reilly's (OR) and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery and alternator.
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 AT 11:20 PM
Tiny
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So its a 4.7 liter v8 and the clicking noise starts when I push on the accelerator off the line. Usually by fourth gear its not as noticable. The shocks especially the struts in the front are squeaking really bad. The clicking noise sounds like a lawnmower. Is this noise possibly from the struts? Thanks, Will
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 AT 11:30 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Thanks for the info. Needed to know if your model the Grand Cherokee Laredo or the Limited

Were you able to pull the codes yet?

For the clicking I am trying to see if it is coming from the engine, transmission or suspension.

So, sitting with the car at idle, when you race the engine there is no clicking. This is the same in park or neutral. Is this correct?

Please take off driving and at about 10mph put the car in neutral and race the engine. Does this make the clicking louder or does it stop?

Put the car in reverse. Does it do it while in reverse?

How long ago did this start. Have you hit anything or made any adjustments on anything?

If you feel it is coming from the front end, jack the front up and spin one tire in the direction as if the car was moving forward then the other. Do you hear the sound?

Look at the cover plate where the flywheel meets the engine. Is it dented

If you only hear the noise when the vehicle is moving it sounds like something is hitting or rubbing something.

With the front end up, look at all the items under there near the tires, drive shafts etc that move and see if anything is stuck or hitting anything that moves when the car is moving.

As for the struts. You can use the tool check out at AZ or OR and change the shocks yourself. Just be extremely careful. Strut springs are under a lot of pressure so you need to make sure you have the springs compressed before taking off the top nut.

We can go more into that once we figure out the clicking noise.

Let me know the answers to the above questions and we can take it from there.
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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 AT 8:46 PM

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