60 series steering knocking

Submitted: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 19:14
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1984 Landcruiser LWB 60 series. There is a dull clunk sound in the steering/suspension on the left front of the vehicle when I turn to the right and usually again when I straighten up. I cannot find any play in the steering rods or loose shock. Shocks and leaf springs are less than 9 months old & have not been thrashed.

I have greased the knuckles and leaf springs also but no change. Any clues as to what is wearing out or loose? Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 20:25

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 20:25
Don't you just luv those old trucks. Mine had a similar noise but only when on full lock. Never did anything about it in 7 years and 120,000km's and had no problems. Did High Country twice,Kimberly,Darwin/Borroloola/Lawn Hill, Simpson, Tassie and numerous short trips.Plenty of rough roads and corrugations.
Sorry it doesn't answer your question and I never found out the cause.
cya
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 20:44

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 20:44
Gerard I also have one of those legends of the bush what the noise is are the leaves of the spring pack mooving in the pack it is more obvious when the pack is wet . Im pretty sure thats whats the problem .
All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Dozer - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 23:47

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 23:47
Gerard
I will second that! My 60 did it aswell. Pretend it doesnt!
Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Michael - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 00:24

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 00:24
I also have an FJ62 it also does the same usually when big tyres are on it is the spring pack.No problems.Love the old girl.Mike Gotta get out there. Debbie and Mike
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Reply By: Tony - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 07:41

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 07:41
It could also be the bushes sliding on the shackle pins as you turn and move again as you straighten up.

Often happens after rain or when the bushes get wet.
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Reply By: CHRIS - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 10:21

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 10:21
I have a 1983 Sahara 60 series and after replacing most steering components to fix the same problem ended up being told by a good mechanic that the springs were the culprit. Apart from clunking when parking it drives perfect. These are the second pair of springs since new.
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Reply By: Offie - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 10:51

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 10:51
I have a 1983 60 series with a similar clunk. A few people have told me it is more than likely the springs, and that even brand new they had the noise. It seems like there is no answer, as even replacing the springs does not seem to work. Seeing as it is not hurting anything (and the fact I am a tight arse) I will just turn up the stereo and problem will be gone :)

I have better thing to spend money BTW: anyone selling a good UHF :)
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Reply By: andy - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 15:04

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 15:04
could be shocker or steering dampener. All of my 60 and 75 series vehicles have done it. I travel 18 kms to work on a really windy road and it did it on most vehicled
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Reply By: Mark from Getaway Portable Refrigerator Hire - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 20:04

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 20:04
Gerard, I have a 1986 HJ 61 and it does the same thing, but only in the wet. Mechanic said that it may have been the bushes but I took it down to WA Suspensions and they confirmed that it was the springs. Just like the gentleman from Cape York connections, Cairns (must be the best place on earth) said it is the leaves moving and you can actually see them moving if you watch and get someone to do a full lock. Lubricating the spring pack makes it worse. They have advised it is just a leave spring Toyota thing. A small price to pay for owning such a great vehicle. Regards Mark
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Reply By: gerard - Monday, May 26, 2003 at 16:32

Monday, May 26, 2003 at 16:32
Thanks to all who replied, it is indeed the leaf spring stack. Like you said I will just pretending there is no sound.

Cheers
Gerard
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