As the title says, my front end suspension sounds really loose, and rattles, & clunks when going over any type of bump, its soo annoying, I cant stand it, it makes it sound like a p.o.s. but its a very nice looking vehicle. Im thinking sway bar link kits,, maybe controll arms??? anyone else have this???
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check that the exhaust system is fitted correctly and all the rubber straps are in good condition. Check for loose shock absorber mounting rubbers. Have the rear suspension checked out for broken/ failed suspension point rubbers.
Sorry dude, it is hard enough trying to keep up with all of the clunks and bumps and squeaks and rattles that occur on vehicles with factory suspension parts. When modifications are made...it is anybody's guess.
All I can tell you is to diagnose the problem the way any auto technician would diagnose any other suspension noise...get it on a lift and perform a thorough inspection and/or have someone bounce the car up and down while you stick your head under it and see if you can tell where the noise is coming from.
It's hard to tell, from your description, as to the extent of the clunking.
If it seems to only and constantly occur whenever in forward motion, bumps or not, then I would first check your rear differential, (if 4x4 then your front differential as well).
Check fluid level(s) and if okay, remove cover and check for worn gears and any metal shavings on the magnet on bottom of housing.
Worn gears can toss your vehicle around, any make stomach turning clunks and other awful noises. I've recently replaced a front differential on a 1994 Dakota. It would make same clunks as you describe and a few times would make my back end seem to 'hop' while driving highway speeds. I would check this quickly.
If it only seems to happen over bumps, then your guess on engine mounts or bushings is probably the best guess.
Dear Clunks And Shakes.......This sounds like a very fun ride!!! We need to address this asap....Ok...From what I got out of this and my extensive background.....it sounds like one of two front end suspension issues.... Either your upper control arm bushings have failed.....or your balljoints have an incredible amount of play in them....It sure sounds like upper control arm bushings to me tho.....please get back to me so we can get this figured out for ya...I'll help ya thru it...I HOPE I HELPED!!!
I had the same problem drove me near nuts ,lift up hood on outside back at hinge ,hits on cowl put piece of rubber or cork under hinge rattle will stop. Took me 2 months to find this problem. good luck
Check the macpherson struts to ensure they are not loose. One way to check is visually in the engine compartment. Check the top of the struts to ensure the nuts are not loose. Another is to raise the side of the van where you hear the clunk. Raise it so the wheel is off the ground. Grasp and shake the strut to see if it is loose. The struts should not be loose, but you never know. As the strut is certainly ivnolved in bumps and rotates when the wheel turns, I would check there since you have already explored the bushings and links.