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Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: AMC 20 - Clunking/Popping.
At this point it could happen at any time you apply a good amount of torque. Or it could be good for another 10K miles.
The first thing to do is tighten the nuts. Pop off the little hubcap. You'll find about a 1 1/4" nut under there. The spec for tightening the nut is 250 foot pounds. Loosen the nut and tighten it to spec. If that cures the clicking, great. If not, tighten the nut some more. If you get it too tight you'll strip the nut or break the stud off the end of the axel.
Remember, that one nut is all that holds the wheel on, so PAY ATTENTION!