When I come to a stop and begin to go again I hear and feel a loud clunk under the front end of the car. If I stop and do it in reverse, it does not do the make the clunking sound. If I go over bumps and roucgh roadway surface the car also does not make the sound. its only after a complete stop that it makes the clunking sound as I begin to go again.
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These trucks had a problem with tje ac commpressor clutch breaking i would recomend sliding under truck and looking closely at the ac clutch. also the idler pulleys tensioner and waterpump pulley as these are also problematic
If its a winding sound its the power steering, if its a clunking sound you should check your tie rods Idler arms (well check the entire front end suspension if you hear knocking, odds are if one part is bad the others aren't far behind) Good luck
on the 97 escort,check the sway bar,also the sway bar links.My daughter has a 97 escort,both sway bar links had to be replaced at 150,000.mi.relatively cheap to & easy to Replace.hope this helps Richard
Hi the most common fault on escort suspension is worn track control arm bushes
followed by anti roll bar bushes i think you call them stabiliser bushes i would agree with your
ford tech guy re the strut bushes let me know if it solves it
Most likely the problem is the steering rack, it is a very easy repair, but you will need to have the front end aligned after you are done installing the rack assembly, make sure all the old fluid is flushed from the system or the new rack will fail from debris left over from the old failed rack