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Old 12-30-2010, 05:42 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Help Diagnose Clunking Noise From Front End

What up guys, hoping you can help with an issue I'm having recently. I started getting a clunking noise from the front end of my car. The weird thing is I don't really notice this when I go over most bumps, but rather when I'm driving at low speeds, or when my wheels are turned, specfically turning into my driveway (small bump), or when jerking the wheel left to right quickly. It sounds as if something is loose, but I can't seem to pinpoint the noise. I thought it might have been the springs (Tein) not seated properly, but wouldn't that make a more consistent noise, and more of a squeaking sound? I just had my winter setup put on by the tire shop, and it seemed a little worse after that. I also bottomed out a little recently, thought I might have jarred the y-pipe or b-pipe loose, but those are both on great, I don't think this is the issue. Any ideas regarding things I can check, so I can try to avoid the dealer? Thanks.
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Default Re: Help Diagnose Clunking Noise From Front End

Get the front wheels off of the ground and take ahold of one of the front wheels. With your hands at 3:00 and 9:00 try to wiggle the wheel back/forth...if you have movement, then you have a tie rod issue. Then grab the wheel at 12:00 and 6:00 and try to wiggle it back/forth, up/down. If you have movement there, then you have a ball joint issue. How many miles are on the car, and what struts/shocks are you running? Have you checked your strut mounts? Also take a look at the sway bar endlinks.
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^^ summed it up !
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Default Re: Help Diagnose Clunking Noise From Front End

Thanks for the detailed write up Hawaii, I will try this out this weekend. I have 68,000 miles on the car, only about 15,000 or so on the Tein S-techs and Monroe Sensatracs I had installed a year or so ago. I was going to replace the strut mounts, as they are original, and figured it would be worth the $60 or so to do this. But I will definitely give your ideas a try.

Can I change the strut mounts by simply removing the wheel, and undoing the 3 bolts in the engine bay? Or is it more complicated than this?
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That should be able to get you access. Can't remember if there are other small bolts or clips to remove, but either way, that's majority if the work.
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Default Re: Help Diagnose Clunking Noise From Front End

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Thanks for the detailed write up Hawaii, I will try this out this weekend. I have 68,000 miles on the car, only about 15,000 or so on the Tein S-techs and Monroe Sensatracs I had installed a year or so ago. I was going to replace the strut mounts, as they are original, and figured it would be worth the $60 or so to do this. But I will definitely give your ideas a try.

Can I change the strut mounts by simply removing the wheel, and undoing the 3 bolts in the engine bay? Or is it more complicated than this?
That should be good enough! Autozone should have your front strut mounts for about $25 each.
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Default Re: Help Diagnose Clunking Noise From Front End

For the mounts you have to take the whole assembly off. It's really not that hard, believe me. Especially since you're already lowered, you don't need compressors. Did you change the springs yourself, or had someone else put them on?
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