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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 20th, 03, 9:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 1968 convertible a-body that clunks at slow speed when the wheel is turned hard in either direction. At first I thought it was the idler or a tie rod end so I replaced the whole shooting match...then I thought it was the body bushings as they were shot so I repleced them too(and I replaced the shocks while I was under there)...but it persists. It sounds like it is coming from the front suspension somewhere but I can't tell where. It normally happens when I am backing out of the driveway on to the street with the wheel turned almost fully....HELP Please
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My first thought is ball joints.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old May 20th, 03, 1:13 PM
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Ball joints and such are pretty straight forward to diagnose with the front end jacked. My first thought was to check the control arm bolts. Had the same situation when I first got my car. Suspension & steering checked out okay. Put a few turns on the upper control arm bolts and the clunk was cured. Of course if the bushings are shot you can tighten it til you're blue in the face and you'll still be clunkin' along.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old May 21st, 03, 9:06 AM
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Had a similiar thing on my 66.It was the upper control arm bushing.IT WAS GONE.Check them too. [img]graemlins/waving.gif[/img]

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thanks for all the help. Now I have something to do Memorial Day weekend!
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Did the offest bar shims fall out?
That happened on my 69 elky... damn shims all fell out- front end would make a "clunking" sound every time i would step on the brakes....
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Would also have to say ball joints or control arm bushings, bolts or shims all good ideas to check out.

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