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2003 Mitsubishi Galant ES Clunking noise

My 2003 Mitsubishi Galant ES has recently been sounding rather clunky in the front suspension area (I think). Up until a couple of months ago there was NO PROBLEM. We went on our summer vacation, drove about 1100 KM, and now there is this clunking noise when driving over rough sections of city streets. I do not notice any noises at highway speeds, just when driving around town on imperfect road surfaces.
I kind of think it is the front struts, or at least the "one" on the drivers side. there also seems to be some less noticable clunking noises coming from the rear suspension as well. This all seems to have happened at the same time. Really quite weird. Are the struts on these vehicles meant to "wear out" all at the same time, and at around 95,000 KM.

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  • nyestek Aug 24, 2008

    I will crawl under the car one of these fine days and check out the sway bar bushings ..... thanks a bunch.

  • nyestek Aug 24, 2008

    I will try looking at, and maybe changing the sway bar bushings first as suggested by another advisor. Thanks anyway. I will do the strut thing as a LAST resort. Too $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • helloitsme4y Jan 03, 2009

    yes i just got the same problem but with 15,000 miles any help /

  • mattevp May 03, 2009

    same thing here, my 2003 galant has recently been making clunky noises in the rear and the front while driving over rough surfaces, the funny thing is my wife and I have the same exact cars and both galants after 70,000 miles started making the noises. Im sure this is a common problem, I just dont know what is causing the noise yet. did anyone figure it out yet. Thanks.

  • gcormier12 May 23, 2009

    I also have the same problem only over bumps front driver side rattling sound i have 116.000 on my 03 galant



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The first thing i would check is the sway bar bushings they usualy go first. you have a bushing out somwhere. ive replace many struts because people have requested new struts and when we install them they come back and complain that the clunk is still there and all it needed was a bushing kit for $20
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Well strut replacment is probably your best solution they usually last anywhere between 50000 to 80000 miles but it all depends on road conditions more than mileage or age

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