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1998 dodge avenger clunking during low speed turns

During low speed turns, or if i go over a small bump and the steering wheel moves a bit there's a huge clunking sound coming from the front end, and also sounds like it's coming from in the steering column? this happens on any turn, sharp or not, fast or slow, left or right.

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Check for loose steering box / rack. Check all steering ball joints and suspension joints. have a steering specialist shop check it out as steering problems border on safety

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SOURCE: when turning steering wheel - either way, clunking sound.

Sounds like you have a bad CV joint, this will make a clunking or clicking noise like you described only when turning, and varies with vehicle speed.

Have it repaired before it breaks and leaves you stranded, or damages anything else.

Posted on Apr 02, 2009

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SOURCE: intermittent clunking in front end

pt cruiser are famous for lower control arm bushings they go bad take a tire iron and pry on the lower A-arm by thbushing and see if you have play

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Steering concern when making slow turns or backing out of garage

Make sure that the coupling shaft from the column to the rack is tight at both ends. There is a pinch bolt on the ends. If they are tight try holding the shaft while turning. You will probably feel the clunking noise. If so replace the shaft.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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  • it sounds like your cv boot is bad and my need to replace or the half shaft is gone bad!!!

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Clunk/knock sound coming thru steering column from front wheels.

Sounds like the sway bar stabilizing links are shot.

Posted on May 14, 2009

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Here is the Technical Service Bulletin that maybe of help, worth looking into but can't guarantee that it would fix your problem Steering - Steering Column Clunking When Turning TECHNICAL Bulletin No.: 01-02-32-001P Date: November 25, 2009 Subject: Clunk Felt/Noise Heard From Steering Column, Steering Gear and/or Front Of Vehicle During Turning Maneuver and/or Steering Wheel Rotation (Replace Intermediate Shaft As Directed) Models: 2001-2004 Buick Regal 2005-2008 Buick Allure (Canada Only), LaCrosse 2000-2008 Chevrolet Impala 2000-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue 2004-2007 Pontiac Grand Prix Supercede: This bulletin is being revised to add the 2008 Buick LaCrosse/Allure. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 01-02-32-001O (Section 02 - Steering). Condition Some customers may comment on a clunk type noise coming from the front of the vehicle while driving during a turning maneuver.

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Steering concern when making slow turns or backing out of garage


Make sure that the coupling shaft from the column to the rack is tight at both ends. There is a pinch bolt on the ends. If they are tight try holding the shaft while turning. You will probably feel the clunking noise. If so replace the shaft.

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