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Nasty Clank

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15+ Year Contributor
May 19, 2006
Tampa Bay, Florida
Once again the money machine has requested funds, this time I am really lost. Well I get this nasty clank noise when I drive over bumps in the road. Not big one but just like going 5 miles over a speed bump or driving slow over a railroad track. It doesn't sound pretty or even something simple, I can also feel it in my steering wheel. In my steering wheel it feels like when you swing your arm in a circle and it feels like your shoulder separates from the socket. And the clank is hard to describe, its not a metal to metal but more like a pressure thud, crackle without a metal clank. Also I have just changed the upper 3 control arm bushings, the trailing arm bushings, the lower control arm was fully replaced with recall and still in great condition, I have also changed the Struts, wheel bearings, rotors, brakes, outer tie rod end and ball joints. I have done this with both sides of the car.

I am lost, The only thing I havn't changed are the Inner tie rod ends, sway bushings and entire rack n pinion.

Also I have never dropped the car or done anything to the suspension other then what I wrote.
The only thing I haven't changed was the inner tie rod end. And the sway bushings. I can feel it in the steering wheel thought.
They're actually in great shape. no bounce, leakage or anything. Its only when I hit little bumps not big ones. It cracks and in a way turns the wheel. I think i has something to do with my car shaking bad when I come to a stop, I have changed my rotors also cause I thought they were warped but didn't make a diff.
Time to have a real shop check before a guard rail explains it to you at sixty. Internet guesses (although you can be certain it has nothing to do with "bump steer") aren't getting it.
Look in the phone book under "alignment".
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