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Old 01-12-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hi, got a very noticable clunk coming from the drivers side front wheel area.

My current set up on the front is 27mm whiteline sway with stock endlinks and pink springs on stock struts.

I just replaced the strut after a few suggestions that it could be just the normal bad strut clunk. The clunk is very noticable through the floorboard while you foot is resting on the dead pedal. I have checked all over the area for rubbing and bash marks and pulled an pushed on the shaft, links ans so on. Did a quick check on the wheel bearings by tugging and pushing on the wheel while up in the air. Everything feels snug and looks normal.

The clunk happpens almost every few seconds due to road surface, drive way step-ups. While the old strut was on it would clunk when I would push the clutch in after a hard acceleration( basically when the nosed dropped back down). I did notice after the new strut was installed that I did not notice anything during the drive home, but the next morning it was back.

My only thoughts are bad top hat( but would that send the clunk through the floor board) or bad ball joints or contol arm bushings/joints.

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Old 01-12-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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god I get this same clunk ever since I've owned the car(2nd owner) and have never been able to identify it. its extremely annoying
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:52 PM   #3
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try tightening the lca rear bushing mount bolts 184ft-lbs for the bolts

the nut on the back is 140ft-lbs
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #4
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Also make sure your endlinks are torqued to 35ftlbs. I bet they are loose.

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Old 01-13-2009, 03:27 AM   #5
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Ok will try rechecking the ICA bushing mounts, this is the only thing I think that would send that kind of clunk through the floor board so easily.

Now the endlinks are the stock ones like I said and they feel snug and no slack at all. Would I not beable to feel by tugging on them if they are not torqued to 35lbs?
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:56 AM   #6
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Could you let me know what you find? My car has a bad clunck comming from the drivers side, although it sounds more like the strut top. Does anyone know how to check the strut tops to see if they are good? I notice no play in anything whe the wheels are off the ground.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:50 AM   #7
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I have some clunk too I can't figure out

it happens on left front side somewhere under either of 3 following conditions:

1. hit hard bump
2. while moving slowly turn steering wheel all the way to left
3. when I hit brake pedal moderate to hard and it afterwards if I press gas hard it clunks again

tried will different suspension, top hats, endlinks, knuckles/hubs, calipers
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:21 AM   #8
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check, re-check, and re-re-check the ball-joint; I swore that was not the culprit of the clunk sound I was having. Even after inspecting it closely! I also felt the clunk through the dead pedal - I mostly experienced it when transitioning accross 0 SWA threshold.

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Old 01-20-2009, 03:42 AM   #9
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try a CV axle replacement.

I have the same problem too, but no time to fix it haha.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:52 AM   #10
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Also make sure your endlinks are torqued to 35ftlbs. I bet they are loose.Tony
+1

First thing I went to when I had the clunk. Fixed in less than 5 minutes.
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:06 PM   #11
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In my case its not the fronty swaybar. My problem is very much like the one that Hyper describes above. It sounds like it is comming from the strut top. Wheh I remove the tire and inspect evrything looks god. Even with the tire on the car and in the air, I try to check for play in something and get nothing. What is the best way to test if your balljoint is bad? I try to pry the tire everyway but maybe it only has the clunck when the suspension is under normal load and operating ranges. Can anyone sygets the best way to test the lower front ball joint?
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:15 PM   #12
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It may very well not be the end links, but it's by far easier to eliminate them from the equation than it is to try to diagnose what else it could be.

Instead of trying to tighten the end link bolts, unbolt them and drive. You'll know right away if the problem persists, the end links aren't the problem. Noise goes away, endlinks are the problem.

Just don't drive hard with your sway bar disconnected.

I would have been willing to bet my noise wasn't from the end links--sounded/felt like it was a balljoint or in the strut. Torqued down the end link nuts and that did it, though unbolting the end links would have been next.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:38 PM   #13
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I have removed my front bar, and the noise is ill there. I have tried lots of things, but does anyone have any god hints for testing lower ball joints?
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I have removed my front bar, and the noise is ill there. I have tried lots of things, but does anyone have any god hints for testing lower ball joints?
another remote possibility is that a strut top is disintegrating internally around the bearing

I found this once by riding on the front of the car with the hood open and having someone drive the car SLOWLY over a bumpy parking lot

sometimes isolating the sound is easier this way

*hint*...not a good idea to let ex-wife drive car while performing this test
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:45 AM   #15
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I have the same problem. I got 24mm front and rear adjustable swaybars with solid endlinks and I hear the damn clanking all over the place. I'll be driving slow and I hear it, if I go at an angle in or out of a driveway I hear it, if I make a sharp turn I hear it, but if I go straight into a speed bump, I hear nothing.

I checked the endlinks and tightened them and had a professional shop check everything and everything was done correct. They alligned the front top hats for me which I didn't do before and still hear the sound. It comes from the front and the back so I'm stuck on what the problem might be. Any insight from you guys?
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I found this once by riding on the front of the car with the hood open and having someone drive the car SLOWLY over a bumpy parking lot


*hint*...not a good idea to let ex-wife drive car while performing this test




I've rode in trunks before listening for clunks, but never like that!
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:14 PM   #17
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I have the same problem. I got 24mm front and rear adjustable swaybars with solid endlinks and I hear the damn clanking all over the place. I'll be driving slow and I hear it, if I go at an angle in or out of a driveway I hear it, if I make a sharp turn I hear it, but if I go straight into a speed bump, I hear nothing.

I checked the endlinks and tightened them and had a professional shop check everything and everything was done correct. They alligned the front top hats for me which I didn't do before and still hear the sound. It comes from the front and the back so I'm stuck on what the problem might be. Any insight from you guys?
Solid links clunk...
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I've rode in trunks before listening for clunks, but never like that!
Me to nice ride in trunk tough
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Anyway I have bad clunks every time I went over bump too finally I track it down. I have 27mm whiteline with KB endlinks and in place where endlinks are connected to swaybar I have extra washer when I took that washer off clunks stop.
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I have the same problem. I got 24mm front and rear adjustable swaybars with solid endlinks and I hear the damn clanking all over the place. I'll be driving slow and I hear it, if I go at an angle in or out of a driveway I hear it, if I make a sharp turn I hear it, but if I go straight into a speed bump, I hear nothing.

I checked the endlinks and tightened them and had a professional shop check everything and everything was done correct. They alligned the front top hats for me which I didn't do before and still hear the sound. It comes from the front and the back so I'm stuck on what the problem might be. Any insight from you guys?
Same problem

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Solid links clunk...
Really!? are they supposed to, or do they just do it?
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Really!? are they supposed to, or do they just do it?
They'll be quiet when they're new, but with metal on metal contact they'll wear over time. As soon as there is enough clearance, they'll start clunking. It's perfectly normal.
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okydoky, ill check for that
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Solid links clunk...
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They'll be quiet when they're new, but with metal on metal contact they'll wear over time. As soon as there is enough clearance, they'll start clunking. It's perfectly normal.
No....I dont think so...as in not


Improperly installed links make noises.

Improperly designed links make noises.

Improperly matched parts make noises.

solid endlinks make no noises in and of themselves....no.
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