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Old 03-26-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Clunking?

Whenever I'm at a low speed I can hear something clunking/banging/scraping in the front end, not the engine though.
It's very loud and noticeable when I turn left. Sometimes it doesn't make the sound though, but sometimes it does.

Oh.. And I can feel it clunking. It's really noticeable. But at higher speeds, like over 20mph it goes away.

I thought tie rods, but would like other opinions.
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Check anything that has to do with suspension in the front, but tie rods sound like a very reasonable answer, just climb underneath and give it a good look, be surprised what you might find!
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Re: Clunking?

So I just got off work and drove home... No sounds or clunking at all. Even when I turn sharply.

SO I started thinking about the days it does make the sound and stuff since it doesn't happen all the time. Maybe like once every two-three weeks it'll do it randomly.

The only thing similar with the occurrences was that it was mid-afternoon, a hot day, and my AC was on.

I RARELY use my AC, but how would an AC being on cause mechanical problems? And maybe something was overheating and not getting lubricated enough since it was so hot..?

I'm perplexed.
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Re: Clunking?

Oh, and I checked my tie rods and the steering and everything.. Nothing was visibly damaged.
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Dang, ac would gave nothing to do with it I think, just when it does make the noise grab s friend and see if he can't stand near the car while driving and see if he can't pin point it, also hub maybe??????
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You have to remember that having the AC and fans on puts both an increased electrical and mechanical load on the car.

One direct way the AC can cause problems is if the compressor seizes. This can also happen intermittently. I don't believe this would cause the sound you are describing though.
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So it's doing it again and it's really bad.
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Would it be a u-joint problem?
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Try checking ball joints and sway bar to frame bushings
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