Re: FYI-Front gears
I don't want to ring the alarm bell, but if I were you, I'd take a good look at the top mount, feel for any cracks or spaces. If I remember correctly, mine broke about 1/2" to an inch down from the bottom of the bushing. I now have a 1/4" steel bar running along the bottom of the gears in case it happens again. Once it happens, it pretty much totally takes out the movement of the tie rod. The noise was only noticable when I hit the brakes and lasted only a second, and I didn't hear it until the day it dropped(several times that day), so if your truck's been doing it for a while, it's probably something else. I'd get your front end checked out just to be safe.
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