Q: Popping/clunking sound from right passenger side front. Front suspension was inspected over the weekend

asked by on

Front pop/clunk coming from passenger side/front right wheel area. Had mechanic check the front suspension over the weekend (I assumed it was sway bar links or bushings, etc.). Mechanic didn't find any problems and refilled the sway bar link grease. Soon as I left the mechanic the popping has now been more noticeable/prevalent. Went and bought some jack stands today to see if there was any play left to right or top to bottom on the wheel and I couldn't notice anything substantial. Made sure lug nuts were tight.

This sound happens when going over bumps, doesn't happen when turning. Sound becomes unnoticeable on the highway.

Tried bouncing the front end to replicate the sound, but I couldn't hear anything.

Front lower ball joints were replaced 6 months ago.

My car has 163000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. In most cases, when you have a problem like this, it’s caused by a loose or damaged strut, strut mount, stabilizer bar bushings or CV joints being worn out. The stabilizer bar bushing specifically is usually the part that would cause the ’clunk’ sound when hitting a bump. You might want to have a professional mechanic come to your location to complete a car is making a noise inspection. This will permit them to test drive the vehicle with you to attempt to replicate the symptom. Quite often, this is the best way to diagnose a problem like this.

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. Popping/clunking sound from right passenger side front. Front suspension was inspected over the weekend

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 smell coming from under the hood when I turn the heater on.

Hi there. The smell would be the cabin air filter causing the odor to fumigate the area. Find the cabin air filter and replace the filter with a new one. Usually the filter is found in a trap door behind...

Q: Coolant does not return to radiator after cool down

Hi there. Coolant is circulated through your engine block, heater core and back to the radiator thanks to the water pump. If the coolant does not circulate back to the radiator to be cooled, it is either due to an...

Q: Q: Car loses rpms and stalls

Hi There, The sloshing sound you are hearing is likely your radiator low on coolant. I would suggest having it flushed to be sure there are no air pockets in it. The stalling you are referring to is likely...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.