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I have a 2001 dodge grand caravan and when i go over the smallest bump in the road the front of my car pops , i think my stuts has gone bad or my ball joints ? what u think it could be?

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  • MelTex21 Jan 07, 2009

    Well Im not sure whats wrong with it i live in usa dallas,tx and im only a woman"haha"alot of people tell me i just need new struts and maybe ball joins. im hoping thats all thats wrong with it, its just ignoring it hear poping and grinding all the time when your stoping or when you go over the smallest bump in the road. hopfully i can figure out what it is. thanks for all your help.if anyone else has anything to add then plz do so. thx



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These vans are notorious for worn sway bar bushings. It's hard to say what for sure it is without physically looking at the bushings, swaybar links, ball joints, struts and strut towers. Also depending on what part of the country you live in, the strut caps under the hood where the top of the struts bolt to like to rot out due to road salt. This is dangerous if this is the case. Chrysler sells them for about $20.00 each, but they have to be pop riveted in or welded in. This is quite a time comsuming job. I am giving you all the senarios, but if your lucky it will be the sway bar bushings and these are cheap and easy to install if you have any mechanical ability. Good luck and keep us posted on what you find.

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    Paul Crane Jan 08, 2009

    You may have two problems. The popping could be one problem, while the grinding could be another.

    By your description the grinding is worn brake pads and should be looked at by a professional ASAP. This could be a extremely dangerous.


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Need new struts

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