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Old 09-15-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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Left front suspension clunking

I've checked everything i can. There is no play in my wheel (left front) at 12 & 6 and from visual inspection my tie rod ends look fine, and VERY little play (decent amount of pressure to feel play) at 3 & 9. I know that my control arm bushing needs to be replaced, its not horrible but it is getting pretty worn out, i'm assuming this is my i have a little bit of play from side to side.

This popping or actually more of a "clunk" sound usually happens when taking off from a stand still and turning left. it will clunk quite a few times until the wheel is straightend out where i will get maybe 1 or 2 more clunks and it will stop, which leads me to believe its not my end link. it also happens from time to time when i hit a small bump while driving at highway speeds.

Can the control arm bushing cause this clunk? The only reason i've pushed that idea out of my head is because when i bought my car the right side bushing was torn completly to shreds, in much worse shape then this one and that never made any noises like this.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:40 AM   #2
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I'm currently working on mine. Couple things I've noticed. The outer control arm ball joint on the left was bad. The right bushing look good, but there was some wiggle. Upper strut mounts are bad. Inner Tie Rod End on the right side was going out too. All possible clunks.

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Old 09-15-2010, 09:14 AM   #3
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I'm currently working on mine. Couple things I've noticed. The outer control arm ball joint on the left was bad. The right bushing look good, but there was some wiggle. Upper strut mounts are bad. Inner Tie Rod End on the right side was going out too. All possible clunks.

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how do i go about testing the strut mounts?
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:29 AM   #4
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I have dropped my struts out while doing the rest of the work. Once out, I was able to just grab and wiggle the mounts. I don't know that there is really a way to check them in the car.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:15 AM   #5
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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sway links? as in end links? anything more you can give me on this would be great.
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:34 PM   #7
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In my case Clunking was because of worn out Control Arm Bushings. I replaced both and it has been great ever since. Check my vid, maybe this will help. It might be your issue, then again it might not be. Good luck in any event.

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Do you get this all the time, or just when the car is kinda warm?

I have a weird clunk I'm chasing that only happens if I drive a few miles when the car is cold, park for a few minutes and then drive again.

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Old 09-20-2010, 04:31 PM   #9
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Do you get this all the time, or just when the car is kinda warm?

I have a weird clunk I'm chasing that only happens if I drive a few miles when the car is cold, park for a few minutes and then drive again.

**** is driving me ****ing batty.
nah, mine seems to be all the time.

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In my case Clunking was because of worn out Control Arm Bushings. I replaced both and it has been great ever since. Check my vid, maybe this will help. It might be your issue, then again it might not be. Good luck in any event.

my control arm bushing DOES infact need to be replaced but i figured the noise wasnt coming from that only because when my other one ended up tearing out much worse than the side thats clunking, i dont remember any noises coming from it.

but i'm actually quite relieved to hear that this bushing was causing the noises in your car. looks like this will be my first plan of attack. thank you for the help.

if anyone has any good DIY's on here for the control arm bushing feel free to post away. i'm going to search now
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:44 PM   #10
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