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I have a 99 Cabrio that has had the front struts, bearings, and bumpers replaced. It is still "clunking". I bought new spring isolators, but they didn't put them in. Could that be the problem or could it be steering rack, tie rods, or just a faulty install? The car has 63K original miles.

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Firstly one man's clunking noise is another man's rattling or banging - people describe noises very differently.

It is almost impossible for you to tell anyone about the noise unless you are using the same terminology...

The only way is to allow someone experienced to take a drive and then go underneath to shake a few things. It might be faulty instal but most likely something that wasn't changed and probably didn't need changing at that low mileage.
Stabiliser tie rods most likely, maybe track rod ends, bottom ball joints...

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

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SOURCE: steering rack

its possible that the mounting bushings for the rack are bad have the mechanic show you the mounts and look if they are wore out you can tell they wont look like they fit the car. the tierods warranty should have been extended when they were replaced. check with the dealer with a reminder that they were replaced.also check for recalls on your car on the internet. that might answer your problems

Posted on Jul 03, 2008

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SOURCE: How to replace Inner Tie rod on 1994 Chrysler Town & Country?

222,000 miles? that's a good vechile so far! anyways, do some price checking. new rack and pinions come with the inner tie rods. so if it's like 50 more for the whole assembly, i would but if not, it's up to you. i've changed some rack and pinions on vechiles that were under 150000 due to major leaking. and if you put just new rods in, if it dose start leaking later, you'll get new inner rods again with new system you'll just be paying labor and alingment charges again. so again, my OPINION is if I'm going to keep it for a while and if it's COST effective, just to do the whole unit.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: 1995 VW Cabrio intermitant repetitive clunking in the front and u

could be outer or inner cv. or a cv bolt that is loose. jack both wheels up and start the car. put it into a gear and check. take care though. this makes finding annoyances like that easier. use a hose against your ear (like a doctor!) to localise the noise.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 2.2 95 cavalier front clunking noise when turning

Usually a clunking sound is CV joints, however, take the two bottom bolts off first, make sure you don't over extend the cv shaft. It's better to have another person to hold the strut while you take the nuts off on top. I just replaced mine on my Caddy because the dampening was shot. I have never heard of struts clunking when turning. Always CV's.

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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SOURCE: clunking sound while driving

inner joints a plunging joints have problems acceleration jolts from a dead stop... the outer rezzepa joint clicks usually when turning thats the balls falling out trunion..... not usually clunking ... possible wheel bearings they are pressed in on front wheel drives... or even a tranny mount maybe ...it almost sounds like somethings loose ...its hard to diagnos online..srry i need more info about the symptoms...

Posted on May 07, 2009

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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: To avoid damage to the 6mm drive hole in the front stabilizer bar link ball stud, do not use an Allen wrench to break loose or tighten to final torque the front stabilizer bar link-to-front shock absorber nut.
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