Problem Description and Possible Solution
The radius arm bushing may wear, causing a clunking or popping noise when driving over bumps. To repair, the bushings need to be replaced. Depending on the severity of the wear, the brackets may also need replacement. Driving with worn bushings will shorten tire life and cause tire cupping (uneven tire wear).
Average mileage: 150,691 (104,531–238,000)
13 people reported this problem
We'd had a terrible ride and bad tire wear for ages (don't drive it often). Regular mechanic didn't diagnose; took it to a different shop and they found it right away. New tires and new bushing, and a MUCH. Smoother ride!
Jingling and clunking sound from front end passenger side; issue will disappear when vehicle is lifted, because pressure is being applied to radius arm. http://i.imgur.com/BIORJXP.png
Most shops will quote 3-4 hours for repair, as steps include removing the wheel, shock, spring, and various linkages per side, just to replace a $15-20 bushing. Beware of upsells, as the entire radius arm costs $100 per side; many places will not want to (understandably) do 4 hours of work to replace a smaller part like a bushing and would rather do entire assemblies.