Just purchased it from Toyota Dealer: There's a loud clunk when I hit the brakes hard at high speed -
I was getting a similar clunk on hard acceleration from a dead stop if I took my foot off the accelerator quickly and when I hit the brakes from slow speed . . . and they replaced all 4 motor mounts. Now there's this different clunk AND the steering seems stiff . . . What do you think?
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You have one or more bad drive axles. If
you turn the car to the right or left and the grinding or clacking gets
worse you have one or more bad drive axles(cv joints). Your best option
is to go to a Chrysler dealer and purchase factory rebuilt axles. After
market rebuilds come with a lifetime warranty but will probably not
hold up for more than a month or two. Any rebuilt can go bad (usually
with in a month) but you will have better luck with Genuine Chrysler
rebuilds, you will save time and money from not having to replace bad
rebuilts. This is experience talking . If you have a shop do the job
make sure the labor is included in the warranty. If you are driving or accelerating at low speed and experience a gentle
shudder or shake. The low speed shudder can develop after hitting pot
holes or speed bumps too hard. This is a sign that the inner joint of
the axle is worn beyond service limits. Again , go to the dealer and buy
factory rebuilt axles or purchase new axles.
Could the noise possibly be coming from the front end?
These Tauruses are very well known for the front sway bar end links wearing out. The factory ones had composite plastic in them and they always wear out. Purchase after market ones that are all made out of steel.
I took my Taurus to the dealer for a routine checkover when I first bought it used. I had very loud clunking over bumps and I asked them to specifically look at the end links on their checkover. They told me they were fine and that the tire pressure was way too high in the front. Once winter was over, I jacked the car up and looked at them myself, the driver side was definitely bad with all sorts of slop. There is no way the dealer even checked it... won't ever go to them again.
Not sure if this is this answer, but I had a problem with a noise under the front end once....turned out to be the cowling under the front bumper....it was broken and it took a high speed to force it down enough to hit the road.
sounds like an electronic fault caused by the mini computer controling the gearbox functions,try another dealer as dealer only as good as the mechanics it employs.and like the old adage if you only pay peanuts you only get monkeys.but thinking about it ,their is a possibility of a piston sticking in the box thats controling the brake bands.buy a manual next time