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Backing up made clunk noise and when dry sterring it makes a clunk noise when turning wheels left and right

97 for Taurus gl . i backed out of my drive way this morning with a load of kids, only moving my car about 3 feet back when i heard a clunk in the front end , when i pulled forward it still made a single clunk , i place the car in park and dri steer from left to right and i hear a clunk clunk in both directions , i placed it in reverse and found a small pile of rust shaveing the pile was the size of a loonie on the right side front were i was parked by this may be just a coincidence as my boyfriends truck was parked there the day before , i can also feel the clunk under my feet by the gas peddle . can you give me any trouble shooting ideas so i can pin point the issue as im a woman and i don't like going to a shop and being chewed for money , im a little mechanically inclined and i have changed my breaks and rotors in the last 6 months

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  • carla Apr 29, 2013

    checked the boot and arms all in place an no tears in either boot

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You're probably going to need a shop to look at the front suspension.
With extra weight in the back, the front could have been up enough to cause something to come loose such as a strut mount. And that could happen just from old age without the extra weight.
If it is a strut mount you may not want to change it yourself since the strut has to be removed.
I would suggest getting a couple of estimates, or more. In most cases the shop will want to do a front end alignment too because of having to remove the strut.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013

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    Stephen Apr 29, 2013

    If it only made the noise when turning the wheel, I would look at the rack, but if it also makes the noise moving the car forward and back, I'm thinking struts.

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SOURCE: cracking or breaking sound when turning mainly when parking

I doubt it. I heard the same noise from my old Accord when the CV boot was going out. If you heard breaking from the drive shaft I believe the next thing you'd see is it rolling down the street. If the drive shaft were making that sound you would not be able to continue driving.

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Sounds like poss dog bone mount from engine to frt cross member worn or bolts loose, poss ball joint or tie rod, also strut mounts on this car also makes noise sometimes more after driving after awhile

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sounds like the cable shift has come apart but without my head under the bonnet i honestly couldnt say ,never knew they made a auto version of this car as never seen one here

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