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Old 03-21-2001, 07:35 AM   #1
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When I accelerate from a dead stop and when I hit the brakes hard, I get a clunking sound. I feel it a little through the steering wheel. The CV's are fine the diff is fine. It started doing it after I put on the MRT 22mm front sway bar. The bar doesn't appear to be hitting anything. I have checked many connections under the car, everything appears to be tight. I just got the head gaskets replaced also. I know it is pretty vague, but I am getting desperate. Nobody that has looked at it can figure out what's making the noise. Hoping maybe someone else has had the same problem.

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Old 03-21-2001, 07:39 AM   #2
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is maybe somthing inthe front wheels? maybe something inthe tires. only when you are moving? wheel bearing? just shooting out ideas..
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Old 03-21-2001, 08:07 AM   #3
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That is exactly what I am looking for is just ideas. When I spin the tires off the car there is no noise so I don't thing anything is in them. I had a mechanic look at the wheel bearings and he seemed to think they were fine. Something around the wheel bearingneeded tightened though, but it didn't help with the noise.
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Old 03-21-2001, 08:19 AM   #4
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can you jack the car up on all fours and let it idle and have the tires spin? that might let you see and or hear the clunking close to the car just do it safely.
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Old 03-21-2001, 08:23 AM   #5
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just an idea: did you put the swaybar on with the tires on or off the ground?
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Old 03-21-2001, 09:23 AM   #6
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I put the sway bar in with the tires on the ground. It was actually on a lift but the lift picks it up by the tires not the frame.

I did put my car up on 4 jack stands and there was no noise when they would spin.
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Old 03-21-2001, 09:50 AM   #7
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How about checking to see if you rack is mounted securely to the crossmember? It's a shot in the dark, but who knows.

I know that when I put on my solid front endlinks, I put them on a little tight and that caused them to clunk when turned or hitting a bump at a slow speed. I could tell it was them because I went under the car and pushed the level arm on the swaybar and I got it to pop.

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Old 03-21-2001, 10:02 AM   #8
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Hey Stimpy,
What endlinks do you have? Maybe that is my problem. I tightened the hell out of them. Mine are the MRT/Whiteline solid front endlinks. Matt (white Acura) said he would make me Aluminum ones, I just haven't found the bearings I want to use in them yet. And what do youmean you pushed the level bar against it? Are you just using a seperate bar not on the car to push against the sway bar?
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Old 03-21-2001, 10:11 AM   #9
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check if you got anything loose in the trunk, and see if the facktory jack thingy is secure in place...
i had that problem once too... then i found out it was the jack on the side that was not secure properly and causing all the clunking sound when i stop the car...
you might wanna check if your spare tire too if its secure or not..
its just an idea..
hope your problem is a simple one like mine...

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Old 03-21-2001, 01:10 PM   #10
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I have the whiteline solid links. I didn't receive any grease for them, so I attempted to some graphite stuff that disappeared after a day or two. The "level arm" was a mistype; I meant to say the lever arm on the sway bar. After swapping out a crossmember in my car (twice) I retightened the endlinks carefully, but not too tight, and I no longer have the clunking in the front end.

Keep me posted on the swarbar links Matt is doing. They sound interesting.

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Old 03-21-2001, 01:15 PM   #11
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Check the tightness on the strut bolts, top and bottom, check the sway be endlinks for greasing (must be greased well or creaking will happen), and grab an axel and twist it a bit back and forth to see if it makes a clunk or something. Also, you might want to look at the ball joints.

Oh, and just in case, check your lugnuts for tightness... that'll make an odd noise too. *shrug*
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Old 03-21-2001, 02:09 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone, I am on my way to look it over now.
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Old 03-21-2001, 10:26 PM   #13
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just wanted to throw my two cents in and say hi to all the utah people.
my rear made a clunking over certian bumps and it was the hardware conecting the sway bar to the endlinks. so i think you have found your culprite.
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Old 03-21-2001, 10:32 PM   #14
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Actually, it was the motor mounts. One had no nut at all and the other I could turn with my finger.
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Old 03-22-2001, 12:07 AM   #15
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wow...
that is pretty series...
better get it fix....
good luck..
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Old 03-22-2001, 12:33 AM   #16
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grease your sway bushings! (and endlinks if you have aftermarket ones!)

I had strange noises that seemed to get better when I did that... Those polyurethane bushings are squeaky...
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Old 03-22-2001, 09:17 AM   #17
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Oh wow, suberboy posts!

Engine mount huh?

Maybe Mark Miller was trying to sabotage you?

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Old 03-22-2001, 09:27 AM   #18
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Now why in the world were your motor mounts undone?

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Old 03-23-2001, 12:52 AM   #19
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I have no idea why they were undone unless it was Mark Miller striking again.
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Old 03-23-2001, 09:46 AM   #20
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Either Mark Miller or perhaps the shop that redid your transmission.

I can't think of any reason why Charles would have removed them, he didn't mess with the transmission did he?
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