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Clunking when slowing down for a stop sign or reducing speed

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Have the lower ball joint checked and the controlarmbushings one or both are loose.

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Does a cg Chrysler concord have u joints.... My sons chrysler is making a clunking sound while starting to slow down simultaneous to braking... Getting no brake grinding or pulling one direction or...


Are you getting a vibration in the steering wheel as you are braking or pulsing at a slow speed just before the car comes to a stop? The clunking could be slack in a tie rod that is audible as a result of a warped brake rotor. It wouldn't be a bad idea to check the lug nuts to be sure they are tight..I hope this helps.

Mar 26, 2011 | 1999 Chrysler Concorde

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I have been having problems with my 1998 ford windstar 3.8L with rough idle and dying, i changed the mass air flow sensor, and air filter, ran gas treatment through it, and it hasn't helped, then yesterday...


I have a 98 Windstar and it would die when pulling up to a stop sign, slowing when coming to a stop or making a slow turn. According to Ford recall 98E03 EMISSIONS RECALL some vehicles may stall during deceleration when coming to a stop, during slow speed parking maneuvers and/or coasting thru slow sweeping turns. This may be caused by the Powertrain Contro lModule (PCM) calibration dropping the rpms too quickly during deceleration. This involves reprograming the PCM. The revised calibration will allow the engine rpms to drop slowly during low speed maneuvers to reduce the possibility of a stall. Call your local FORD dealership (have your VIN handy) and have them check to see if this recall has been performed on your vehicle.

Feb 20, 2011 | 1998 Ford Windstar

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2000 VW Passat Wagon V6, 79,000 miles, automatic There's a **** when slowing down to a stop from 2nd to 1st. Otherwise, the car drives like a charm. Any suggestions?


thanks.didnt realise that j... is a no no (in england a j... is a fool.)
back to your harsh downshift.as first is a crawler gear(very low ratio),you will feel the change,but if the clunk is feed back from a driveshaft...
try this,without using any gas put car in drive and let it accelerate to max speed,then braking VERY gently let the car down shift to a stop,you should not feel any clunk unless its a driveshaft.remember very gentle on brake.....

May 19, 2010 | 2004 Volkswagen Passat

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The engine would stop when speed is reduced or stopped.


i need more details but sounds like the idol is low

Dec 08, 2009 | 1983 Ford Fairmont

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Trans clunking when slowing down


Sounds like youi may have a few serious problems going on to have that kind of back lash occuring at higher speeds. I have experiance with low spped clunks on Bronkos and your type of vech being a car dealer. One you might try for low speed clunk on take off and braking at stop likts just completeing a stop? Pull the drive shaft and lubricate the splin - two check your leaf springs for weakness and wore bushings - take a look at your shocks - three u bolts holding springs to rear axle housing may be letting the axle housing actually dip or tweak or all those thing in combination - now you may have some serious slop in the pig - transfer case may be causing that clunk - as far as high spped clunk and activity you have a serous problem and you just might drop the transferr case have an accident fliping over..............Mike South Bend Indiana don't just keep driving and making problem worst...........

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