Q: My car makes a clunk noise when turning the wheel while parked

asked by on

I have been noticing a noise while I am parked, and turning the steering left and right. It is a clunk sound, and the whole assembly seems to jolt when it clunks. I had my wife turn the wheel while I was under the vehicle, and I could see the whole rack moving when it clucks. I don't know if that is normal or not. I tried to wiggle it with my hands but there was no movement. I have OEM Titan LCA's with about 19,000 miles of use, and I just put on PRG Heim outer tie rod ends about 4,000 miles ago. The car has about 51,000 miles on it. I don't have a sway bar, but I do have a body lift. The inner tie rod ends are original. Any ideas what this could be?

Normally, the noise you are describing is commonly seen with failed outer tie rods, failed CV axles, broken sway bar bushings and the steering linkage itself. With the modification of the vehicle, it can change the operation of components as they do not work as designed by the manufacturer. Once things have been modified, which can lead to more uncommon things being the cause. The Xterra as well as other Nissan vehicles are prone to a noise from the steering stop as well. I recommend having the noise inspected by a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to accurately diagnose the car and determine what repairs are needed.

Was this answer helpful?
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. My car makes a clunk noise when turning the wheel while parked

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: Automatic transmission programming problem

While I agree that this is all probably built into the programming of the transmission computer, after looking at the Mazda service information, I see no TSB's that states Mazda has any updates available in transmission programming to address any...

Q: Brakes making a grinding noise after car is in reverse. And put it in drive brakes grind for about 2 car lenghts then a thud

It sounds like the caliper brackets may have been misaligned when replaced. Some brake calipers are designed to "float" meaning they will slide along a small path to allow for movement in the wheels when changing gears or shifting movement...

Q: How much does it cost to replace lifters in a 2010 Nissan maxima

The OEM lifters from Nissan, which are the recommended lifters, cost roughly $430 for the set of 24. The camshafts have to be removed from the cylinder head to access the valve lifters which makes it a 12 hour job...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...