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How to Troubleshoot a Car That Makes Clunking Noises Over Bumps
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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Lateral Link
Common signs include the steering feeling loose, noticeable clunking sounds, and increased wear on the rear tires.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Stabilizer Bar Bushings
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How Long Does a Ball Joint Front Last?
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How Long Does a Driveshaft Last?
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How Long Does a Lateral Link Last?
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How Long Does a Steering Damper Last?
Most of us are used to being able to enjoy smooth, precise movement when we turn the steering wheel in our vehicle. That is made possible by a combination of different components,...
How Long Does an Engine Mount Last?
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How Long Do Trailing Arm Bushings Last?
The trailing arm bushings join the axle and pivot point on the body of the vehicle. They are part of a trailing arm suspension in your vehicle. The front trailing arm...
How to Troubleshoot a Bouncy or Unstable Car
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Clunking noise in front end when you hit a bump
This may be a sign of worn out control arm bushings. Control arm bushings are an important part of vehicle suspension systems. Bushings are made of rubber which separates the faces of two objects while allowing a certain amount of...
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Turning of more than 1/2 circle of the steering wheel causes gunk gunk gunk sound
My guess is that the strut mount/bearing is worn or binding. Strut mount/bearing wear can intensify with the installation of a lowering kit. The tie rod connects into the strut assembly, which is turned on the bearing every time you...
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Clunking sound coming from left front wheel
Hi there. Actually, either of the 2 components you mention (CV joint or strut mount) could cause the behavior you are experiencing. A CV joint can fail (internally) without tearing the boot, and CV joint noise is often more pronounced...
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4 wheel drive is very noisy.
Hi there. Check the front axle for an axle that could be damaged, a universal joint in the front axle that could be broken, or the differential gears could be damaged. If you have part time 4WD, meaning you have...
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clunk sound like while driving on bump at low speed/
Hello. This noise can come from a few different places on your vehicle. From what you are explaining though it sounds like the rear hub bearing is failing. This will cause all of these noises as well as some new...
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Loud clunking when shifting reverse. Is it the pressure switch?
Hello. It sounds like you either have a mount that is failing or you may have an issue with the valve body in the transmission. I have also seen the driveshaft make this noise where it enters the transmission. It...
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Car struggles to go into the reverse gear and makes a clunking noise
Other consumers report the type of issue you have with various years and models of BMW but the reports are model specific. If you do a Google search ("difficulty getting reverse BMW "model, year") for your car, you can try...
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Clunking when shifting - 2001 Jeep Cherokee
The "clunk" indicates there is a loose coupling somewhere is the driveline. As you diagnosed, u-joints and the differential are the most likely fault points, but this could also be harsh engagement of the transmission due to worn clutches, clutch...
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I was driving and there was a big clunk do you know what it could've been?
Hi there. From the description you have provided, a loud clunk while stopping on a hill and no noise driving home is difficult to say what it could've been. It could be the driveshaft slip-yoke binding. This is challenging since...
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There is an awful clunking rattling noise when the engine is running.
Hi there. There could be either the engine is having a bearing slap on the rod bearings with too much wear causing the noise or an accessory on the engine is locking up making the belt tensioner pop back and...
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Hello there
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The noises you are hearing may be coming from the transmission as it ages. The vehicle is getting older and is likely to start wearing down. The transmission is definitely one of the components...
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Large clunk in what sounds like front of car
Hey there. This noise is an indication of movement of the suspension. The first thing to check would be the lower control bushings on both sides of the car should be checked for movement by supporting the vehicle off the...
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I'm having noises coming from the undercarriage when I drive
Hi there. The noise sounds like the transmission has a mechanical low/reverse clutch that is going out. This is determined by the noise going away when shifting or on its own and a ball joint will make a noise but...
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Clunking noise from steering - 2006 Ford Focus
This sounds like a worn or failing CV joint. All front-wheel drive cars have constant velocity joints or CV joints on both ends of the drive shafts (half shafts). Inner CV joints connect the drive shafts to the transmission while...
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I have a no crank, no start situation.
This is likely a result of the starter solenoid not engaging the flywheel. When the key is turned and the current is supplied to the solenoid, the gear comes out and engages the flywheel. When this is not working, you...
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Clunk noise in front and bumpy ride on driver side
This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint...
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Clunking noise in the front
Loose and/or worn strut mounts are a common cause of this noise. If you jounce the suspension and have an assistant listen near the top of each spring tower you can sometimes hear the clunk noise, albeit the noise will...
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when placing gear shifter in reverse I hear a pop/knock.
Hello. A popping / clunking noise when moving in reverse can be caused by many things. Two of the most common causes for those symptoms are worn axles or motor mounts. The axles are the joints that transmit power from...
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Clunking sound
This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint...
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clunking noise on front wheel
You may have a worn out or damaged CV axle shaft which is commonly known to produce a clunking or clicking and popping sound when they fail. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to...

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