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Clunking noise coming from upper passenger side when I hit a bump.

While driving I hear a clicking almost like a card in a wheel when you where a child riding your bike. Also when I hit a bump I hear a clunk, both of these noises come from the front right side of my car.

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  • Alisa Icangelo Apr 14, 2009

    Just wanted to say thank you. Would you sujest me taking off the tire for a better look? But yet again Thank you! I thought it might have been a chatter in my strut tower. Could it posibly be that as well?

  • Alisa Icangelo Apr 14, 2009

    Just wanted to say thank you. Would you sujest me taking off the tire for a better look? But yet again Thank you! I thought it might have been a chatter in my strut tower. Could it posibly be that as well?

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If you aren't afraid of jacking up the vehicle, you can test to see where the problem is coming from. Jack the vehicle up by the pinch well (most newer cars have grooves cut out or that can be popped out behind the front wheels). When the wheel is in the air, try moving it side to side, then up and down. Excessive side to side movement indicates a tie rod end, up and down indicates a ball joint, and all around indicates a wheel bearing which would also be a cause for the clicking sound you are hearing.

Most auto shops will check this for you free of charge when you get an oil change, since they're trying to sell you things anyway.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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    Antipode Apr 15, 2009

    It's actually easier to test for the three parts I listed with the wheel on, since you have better leverage and grip. You can easily check the strut mounts this way provided you lifted the car from the body and not from the suspension. A loosened bolt up top is all it would take I guess, for the strut to make noise, but in my experience I've never had one come loose.

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