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2001 Tarus clunking sound

2001 Ford Taurus clunking sound. Just put on new struts, ball joints. Checked all the linkage and control arm bushings and still have a clunk when driving on rough roads. What else could there be making the noise? Exhaust is tight can't find nothing that would be rattling in the body. Sound comes from front driver side. Please help!

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  • vatomang Apr 02, 2009

    I have the same clunking noise coming from the front drivers side of my 01 Taures ses . Had the tie rods and ball joints looked at and all was good there. Is this bushing thing something i could do?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Same clunking noise

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Very common problem is the sway bay end links that attach to the strut from the sway bar. They sound like a light chuckling knock over bumps. The bushings that hold the subframe up wear or the bolts loosed due to the bushings wearing. usually the rear ones The bushings are 2 piece ,upper and lower Tighten with 18mm socket

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