Q: just started making a clunking noise,runs good nothing loose

asked by on

car just started making a clunking noise,had trans fluid change a couple of days ago. dont think theres a connection. It just started making a clunking noise like something was hanging. Jacked it up checked tires wheels. lug nuts, nothing hanging. dont know what else to check.

My car has 110000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Check the transmission fluid level to see if it is full. If the filter was replaced, depending on the type and configuration, the filter could even be banging around. "Clunking" noises are very typical of failed outboard CV axle joints. Examine the rubber, accordion like boots that cover each outboard joint. If the boots are torn that would be a tip off but even if still intact, a mechanic would still have to road test the vehicle to rule the CV joints in or out as a cause of the noise. Bad sway bar links, ball joints and and/or tie rod ends can also cause clunking like noises. If you cannot identify the origin of the noise, by all means feel free to schedule a noise dagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will resolve this for you promptly.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. just started making a clunking noise,runs good nothing loose

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota that needs the front wheel hubs changed. It is 4wd with all wheel ABS. I need some tips.

When I replace a hub, I don't necessarily remove the CV joints. I do, however, remove the nut that is holding the CV joint onto the hub. You will need to remove the brakes and rotor, the upper and lower...

Q: Car is overheating, usually when it's hot and the engine idles.

You most likely have a transmission cooler that is leaking into the coolant inside the radiator. The transmission cooler is built inside the side tank of the radiator, and if it blew out, then you will have transmission fluid getting...

Q: Switch to Manual mode, but gears don't seem to change any more in that mode.

This is an internal problem with the shift switch on the transmission selector. The transmission would need to be tested to see if it is a defective selector switch, or the transmission valve body problem. The system would need to...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...