Problem Description and Possible Solution
Worn sway bar bushings or sway bar end links may cause a rattling or clunking noise from the front suspension during low-speed driving. Though not always the root cause, front struts are often replaced for this condition.
Average mileage: 126,808 (10,000–230,000)
44 people reported this problem
Clunking noise from the front end.. Change the ball joints/sway arm, changed the struts... Still have the noise ?????
I believe im having this problem right now, theres a knocking noise coming from the passenger side wheel. I also thought it could be related to the struts but knowing the age of the car it's probably both....
Been chasing this problem since the car hit 80k miles. Noise got loud enough to become annoyingly unbearable by 95k miles. First replaced Sway Bar Bushings, then Sway Bar End Links, only quieted the noise slightly. Then replaced Ball Joints, Control Arm Bushings, Arm-to-Frame Bushings, (all of which were worn) to only find it slightly lessened the noise. Then replaced driver's side Rack & Pinion Mount Bushings again to only find that the noise only lessened very slightly. In a fit of anger, I re-examined the Sway Bar End Links to find they were both shot after 1 3/4 years/18k miles of use. Why the OEM Links lasted 80K miles and the ones made by Ra*bes**s lasted < 20K miles is beyond me. Put in another set of End Links (made by M**g) and now finally have some piece & quite! Was told by different professional repair shops the Rack & Pinion was bad, the Front Struts were bad, the Front Strut Mounts were shot AND the Strut Bearings were shot - they were all wrong!
I have a knocking noise from my drivers side front end when going over bumps. Sounds like it is hitting underbody like when you would have a exhaust system break and the loose pipe hits the underside of body. After reading post, I checked the sway links. Looked fine but the drivers side was rotated forward looking like the bolt was broke. I easily rotated the shaft around until it looked normal and could not find any play in the joints. Upon driving the car now, the "clunk" is barely audible but still present. So Iam going to change the sway link as suggested and the rubber grommets on the sway bar because it is cheap and easy. Will let you know the final result. Thanks for the posts.
lound clunk when you turn the wheel at low speeds
i have a screeching sounds from my front end. originally thought it was break dust, but i got new break pads and rotars at 40000 miles. i have been noticing it's only when i turn. i'm starting to think its the struts or a bad ty rod, but im starting to think its the suspension. this car has been garage kept for the first 50000 miles
When goin over bumps something's rattles an squick
i am going to get the sway bar bushing replaced next week. so hopefully that will take care of the clunking
A clunking noise in front end car front wheel steers to right
I can be driving down the road and turn my determinedly,and it seems like it has a little play in it, it didn't have it until I had some struts put on the front and brakes put around everything went wrong.
Had to have the sway bar and outer tire rod replaced.
At low speeds loud noise knocking sound when I turn and loud screeching noise from front end I was told that the bushings on both sides are missing
ALL FRONT BUSHINGS NEED REPLACED. TRYING TO FIND OUT THE NAME OF ONE I KEEP GETTING THE RUN AROUND. UPPER CONTROL ARM BUSHING VS RADIUS BUSHING VS LOL
main mounts are worn you can see the gap between rubber and bar
Clunking noise when turning left or right at slow speeds. Replaced ty- rod ends and struts. Still have noise. And it just so happens that one of the struts was bad mechanic stated after we drove it a couple hundred miles they had a hard time installing left strut now back in shop alinement out of wack. Will have them install sway bars or ends while replacing strut.