Q: Clunking and vibration from front driver's side. Intermittent grinding as well.

asked by on November 14, 2017

Vid: http://bit.ly/2zEnHaF

Hello, I've taken this to 4 different shops and nobody can 100% tell me what it is. I've replaced the struts and mounts and both front and back sway bar links. I've been told (in order) it's the strut mount (replaced), the subframe (another shop said everything is tight), motor mounts, sway bar bushing.

Symptoms: -Driver's side clunking over small bumps. Sounds/feels like it's right in front of the pedals and the floorboard. Mostly noticed at low speed (under 40mph). Sometimes feels like whatever it is is "flapping" around loose. Larger bumps at highway speed are no issue.

-Strong, rattling vibration when idling if the wheel is angled a certain way and when braking right before stopping (1-2mph). I'll also hear it sometimes when starting the engine right b4 it turns over. Feels like it's coming from exact place where the clunking is. Can't hear it in engine bay but LOUD in cabin. Disappears when shifted out of Drive and into Neutral.

-Intermittent dremel-like high-pitched grinding from driver-side wheel area.

My car has 126000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement $201.91 - $1059.58 Get a Quote

What you are describing sounds like 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 is packed with a special grease and sealed tight with the rubber or plastic boot, that is held in place with two clamps. The most common problem with the CV joints is when the protective boot cracks or gets damaged. Once this happens, the grease comes out and moisture and dirt get in, causing the CV joint to wear faster and eventually fail due to lack of lubrication and corrosion. When the CV joint becomes damaged or worn, you may hear a clicking, clunking or popping sound coming from this area as the weight of the vehicle puts pressure on this area and shifts back and forth and side to side. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

Humming sound while accelerating and decelerating. 2012 Kia Optima

Hi there - noises which get louder with increased road speed can be come from tires, or from worn wheel bearings. If there is any vibration felt through the steering wheel, or noises which increase when turning left or right...

Fuel pump running with car off

Hello. A fuel pump that stays on when the ignition is turned off can be caused by a few things. If you do not believe that the behavior is normal, then it may be possible that the the ignition switch...

Car vibrating at 45 MPH

The speed you say the problem starts is just at the speed the transmission shifts into overdrive and locks up the transmission converter. The speed is also the time that most tire balance problems start to show up. Try to...

P0014 Code, Replaced both camshaft actuators

You will need to have the vehicle scanned with a scanner that is capable of actuating the solenoids and monitor data at the same time. The actuators when actuated at 1200 rpms should cause the rpm to change up and...

Car jerking forward when stopped.

This may be related to a dirty of failing idle air control valve. This is a unit that monitors the air intake into the motor as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor. This information...

Clicking sound when turning over.

It sounds like you may have a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. As electricity is supplied to the starter a small gear comes...

My car won't start until after a couple tries turning it on

Hi there. Typically when your electrical accessories are working well, but it takes a few cranks for the engine to start, the issue is with the fuel or ignition system. In most cases, clogged or dirty fuel injectors, throttle body...

2006 Volvo s60 2.5T and when accelerating it vibrates violently

Hi Christian. Thanks for the additional information. Based on what you've indicated, I would suspect that you have worn out wheel bearings causing the vibration, especially if you are experiencing the vibration reduces and when you make a turn. However,...

I have check engine light on and the code is showing p0266 ?

P0266 means that the fuel injector on cylinder number two does not pass the self tests that the Electronic Control Unit performs. It is often accompanied by a code P0302 for an engine misfire. It could be that you have...

Related articles

2012 Kia Soul vs. 2012 Nissan Cube: Which One Should I Buy?
While technically these two vehicles fall into the “small wagon” classification, they look like nothing more than boxes on wheels. Some people are really into this design, while others are completely opposed to it. If you’re in the former camp,...
Understanding the Kia Maintenance Reminder and Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Kia Service Required light indicates when your car needs service.
2012 Kia Optima vs. 2012 Nissan Altima: Which One Should I Buy?
Mid-size sedans can be pretty basic, with four doors and simple and straightforward options, decent but not stellar gas mileage, and an uninspired interior. They can also have great design and fight off boredom through sporty suspension and exciting technology...