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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 19, 8:06 AM Thread Starter
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Clunking from drivers side front wheel

I’m about to change the shocks and sway bar links on the front of our ford sport trac. Clunks bad on drivers side when you hit bumps. I had it jacked up the other night and found nothing physically wrong except original shocks lol and bushings look beat on sway bar end links. The ball joints and tie rods look like new! And there’s no play in anything when I pry on the wheel and move it side to side? 21 degrees out, this should be fun
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 19, 11:23 AM
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Re: Clunking from drivers side front wheel

Put the jack under the lower control arm and jack it up, then push in and up on the upper part of the tire(at 12 O'clock).Those upper ball joints need the suspension to be loaded to show what they do when its on the ground and running.Also might be loose where the upper control arm mounts to the frame.Both are common occurences at the alignment shop.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 19, 1:24 PM
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Re: Clunking from drivers side front wheel

I was chasing the same issue for a few months on my wife’s Subaru Outback. Turned out the caliper pins were dry. I greased them up with brake caliper grease and the clunking went away. I discovered this by accident when I was driving over freeway expansion joints and listening to the clunk at each joint. I happened to be on the brakes when crossing one. No clunk. I experimented and discovered that if I held light brake pressure nothing would “clunk.” Might be worth a check.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 19, 4:01 PM Thread Starter
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It went away. It was actually bc of drivers side sway bar end link. The bushings were shot. And 2 were gone! Lol
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