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10-13-2005, 10:35 PM
i know this has been discussed several times. my car is clunking over bumps. it happens when one of the front tires hits a bump or when one of the front tires is at a different height than the other with bumps. i hear it could be shocks, shock bushings, shock mounts, end link sets, etc. how do i go about finding the problem without replacing everything? i am sure the shops are clueless. it is getting to the point where it does it all the time. any help would be great. thanks

10-14-2005, 05:51 PM
your local mechanic should be able to figure this out. If not he should find a new career. Sounds like maybe blown struts. I know my rears are gone, and making the same noise.

10-14-2005, 07:25 PM
Possibly rack and pinion.

10-14-2005, 10:02 PM
The first time I had the cluck it was a tie rod then the second time i thought the other tie rod went but it turned out my caliper was extremely loose. that could have been a bad situation lol

10-15-2005, 02:32 PM
if the suspension moves at the same time, no noise will be heard. it will make as much noise on a bump that is very small as it will on a larger bump. that is why i don't think it is a shock. an example of when this noise happens is when i am pulling out of a parking and there is a ramp to the road. if i go straight out, no noise at all. if i go at an angle where one of my front tires is on the road sooner and the other tire is still on the ramp, i will get the clunk. now this is an extended example. it is also happening on much smaller bumps where one front tire is higher than the other.

10-18-2005, 01:05 PM
I'd just jack up each front tire one at a time and push and pull the tires in all directions and feel/hear each of the major joints like the control arm bushing, ball joints, tire rod ends, wheel bearing and struts.

10-18-2005, 08:29 PM
Take your car out to a local empty parking lot, drive around making slow 20kph turns. Turn the wheel all the way to the right making a slow right turn then turn left all the way. Do you hear the sound? If so , try getting an alignment and check the steering rack. Have had several people with cars that have the same symptoms. Generally after 4-5 years of driving, its good to get an alignment anyways.

Hope this helps

10-18-2005, 08:44 PM
i did have an alignment not too long ago. i have not checked the steering rack yet though.