Update : Just returned from Jeep Service Center. They were fully booked without any cancellations but were able to squeeze me in. I wanted to update this in case anyone else has the same clunk.
The axle boot is cracking, but they told me that could wait till after vacation, no sign of leakage. My Jeep is QuadraDrive so it's in four wheel drive all the time.
I noticed about a month ago, my steering wasn't as tight, it seemed a bit looser...I was told by my husband I was crazy, it was always that way. Well it's tight again!!! I hate to say it to him, but I was right, at least this one time, lol.
Now the clunk. Their were two things going on, a clunk in the steering wheel, and the clunk in the front driver side tire (I thought they were related originally), only when turning the steering wheel to the left. Of course when I was at the service center the darn tire wouldn't clunk for the guy, but clunked for me in the parking lot before going in. I ended up having a loose upper tie rod, which they replaced, everything else looks good. The boot is starting to crack but not enough to do it today. I've scheduled that appt for after vacation. I guess they did make note of it in their computer on my last oil change to keep an eye on the axle boot.
There was also a clunk in the steering wheel, more of a snap type noise. They replaced the air bag clock spring. (at least that's what I think i'm reading on the paperwork)
Then they also did an alignment. So the damage wasn't that bad on the Jeep or my purse, $490.09 and it's not clunking, steering tight and running beautifully again.
I can't thank you enough, Mr Shiftright !!! I've read this website before troubleshooting minor problems with my Jeep but never posted for help....I couldn't be happier. Now, i'm home to update this question, grab the dog, the hubby and OFF WE GO !!!!
With great appreciation,