I had a Chrysler 300c early model with rear clunk...had to rebuild rear end....NOW I HAVE A 2004 Chrysler Pacifica AWD with 77k miles...with a front clunk...is this the motor mounts, the support for the motor???? I don't want to spend wasted $$$$ at a dealership...I'd rather want to know what to check out for my mechanic...
Chrysler Pacifica 2004 AWD front end clunk on 2004 Chrysler Pacifica
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the clunk is typically the sway bar bushings and or the sway bar links. These can only be checked accurately with the car on the gound, wheels straight and someone rocking the car you will see the sway bar moving in the bushing. When this problem occurs I have found that if you replace the sway bar links with the greasable type and replace the bushings with the oem type not urathane and you lubricate the busings with a silcone grease same as you would for brake components and you will get many years out of the bushings.
I own a 2004 Chrsler Pacifica and had the same clunking noise in the front end. Took it to the mechanic and had every front end part replaced and it still had the clunking noise. I then took it to a "back woods" mechanic who fixed the problem (for only about a month) then the noise came back. He put a piece of rubber in between the sway arm bushings and the frasme and screwed them down tightly. It felt and sounded like a brand new car, but not for long.
so far we have spent over $ 2500.00 trying to find out where this is comming from, replaced cv joint , boot, etc. mechanic even spoke with chrysler parts house and they say they sell those same parts all the time ..so if anyone does know please let the rest of us.. There is a web site addressing this same problem..
well, i thought your mechanic checks it out for you. take it to a shop and have it evaluated for the noise.
This is a widespread problem that most mechanics have a hard time diagnosing. There are many forums where it is discussed, and I have studied them because I have the same problem. (My mechanic could not isolate the cause either) There is a long list of suspected causes. Here is the list I'm working on, ordered by my judgment of its likelihood of being the cause: Rear bushing in the front control arm; spline bolt torque; caliper mount bolt torque; half shaft end-play; strut mount bolt torque; tie rod end wear; engine mounts; engine cradle rust/weakening; power transfer unit (AWD)