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Old 12-09-2012, 11:24 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Front End Clunk

My 04 maxima has been having a stupid front end clunking noise when going over certain bumps. It' doesn't happen all the time. I've replace both inner and outer tierods, struts and strut bearings. When pulling on the wheel there is a slight amount of play. Could this be a bad rack? And if so, What is the cause of this? Thanks
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Have you looked at the strut mounts?
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Check your ball joints and axles too.
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Could also be bad wheel bearings
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:19 PM   Thread Starter #5
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Default re: Front End Clunk

WHat are the ways to check the wheel bearings and shaft? The balljoints are tight so I know they're good to go.
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Default re: Front End Clunk

As stated above. Check you inner outer tie rods. sway bar bushings an endlinks. From there i would check out the struts an mounts..
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Default re: Front End Clunk

I've replace both inner and outer rods, replaced struts and strut bearings, ball joints and endlinks are tight. When I yank on the wheel it has slight play. I also have that clunk noise. What symptoms, besides grinding, can a bad wheel bearing make? I'm almost positive it's not the shaft since I don't have a clicking noise while turning. This is why im wondering if it's the rack. Thanks
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Default re: Front End Clunk

I have a similar problem with mine had it checked and its definetly the sway bar links
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Default Re: Front End Clunk

Jack up the front of the car. Grab the tire at 3 and 9 and check for play. If you have play there, it's most likely in the tie-rods. Next, grab the tire at 12 and 6 and check for play. If you have play there, it's most likely ball joints. A clunk over certain bumps sounds like a ball joint. End links are typically more of a rattle. On some cars, you need to get the front end off of the ground, let the front suspension sag, and take a long pry bar and try to pry down on the lower control arm. You will have play there if the ball joint is bad.
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Default Re: Front End Clunk

I have the clunking sound over the speed bumps only, my best guesses are bad strut mount, bad anti rollbar endlinks or just the stupid lowering springs, My car doesn't have any play on any direction of the wheel but yet I hear the clunking sound.
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Default Re: Front End Clunk

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I have the clunking sound over the speed bumps only, my best guesses are bad strut mount, bad anti rollbar endlinks or just the stupid lowering springs, My car doesn't have any play on any direction of the wheel but yet I hear the clunking sound.
As you said, MOST common is sway bar end links and bushings when going over bumps.
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Default Re: Front End Clunk

I just got my wheel bearing replaced. Clunked over certain bumps and creaked when turning the wheel once in a while. I had the car jacked up and the wheel moves side to side.
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