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post #1 of 12 Old 10-29-2010, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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Clunk from front suspension

Got a minor issue. Every so often (usually in reverse and turning to right at same time) I get a "Clunk" coming from what feels/sounds like the left front close to the wheel. I thought maybe ball joint or tie rod went bad. Took to shop and all linkage was solid however due partly to age and partly to small power steering fluid leak, my sway bar end link bushings are are shot as well as the lower control arm bushings. I plan to replace these this weekend but do you think that this is really the problem? Could bad end link and control arm bushing create enough suspension movement to create this loud clunk sound? Also, looking at a few different bushings. What would you guys recommend: Polyurethane, OE Rubber, or that material the Moog uses (forget what its called)? Thanks for the help.

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Yes a shot bushing in the Control arm/end link is enough to create the noise your hearing.

I would replace it with a poly bushing. They will last longer, help the truck handle better. Moog is a great choice...
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I would REALLY check the intermediate shaft...TRUST me, my truck had the sam eproblem..it drove me crazy..It was only starting to go and made those noises..I repalced alot of things and it ended up being that..when you put a new on in, make sure to tighted the hell out of it..if either bolt on either end is even a little loose, the same problem will happen...
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Check the nuts that hold the upper control arm to the frame rail. They can work themselves loose over time, especially if you've had a alignment recently and they weren't tightened enough.

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Replaced end link bushings today with Moog bushings. Still making same noise. But time was not wasted because the bushings were definitely shot (disentigrated in my hand). Also changed the oil, changed the color of my headlights from yellow back to white, and degreased my engine. It was a good day. Will save the clunk hunting for next weekend. Next steps are to try everything you guys mentioned. Also, is replacing lower control arm bushings really that difficult? Sears Auto wanted $450+ just in labor to relace them.

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I had the same problem and replaced alot if "iffy parts". Parts that were showing wear..I did upper/lower ball joints, end links, outer tie rods..
I sprayed some grease into the control arm bushings, and it helped, A LITTLE..If you go in reverse up a small incline, turn the wheel hard to one side, its most likely control arm partds or intermediate shaft. I havean 02 rt club cab..The new intermediate shaft made my truck hand like new..( it only has 70K miles and I am very easy on my vehicles). If you have any kind of miles on your truck, try the intermediate shaft next..very easy to do..less than 1/2 hour, and most of the time is finding the tools!
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Did you ever happen to isolate the problem? Mine is making a similar noise. Thanks!
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My truck makes the same noise up front when it wants. My Tie rods are the root of the problem. Bot inner and outers have play.
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When you say "play", what exactly do you mean? When the suspension is unloaded I can twist them. That's normal, right?

I do think I just figured out my problem. My darned passenger hub bearing in bad. I can wiggle the wheel about 1/4 inch.

I also noticed that I have the original ball joints on...110,000 miles on them. Bad or not I'm going to replace the uppers soon.
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Check to see if your shocks are loose at the fittings. My 2WD ram had this issue.
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When you say "play", what exactly do you mean? When the suspension is unloaded I can twist them. That's normal, right?

I do think I just figured out my problem. My darned passenger hub bearing in bad. I can wiggle the wheel about 1/4 inch.

I also noticed that I have the original ball joints on...110,000 miles on them. Bad or not I'm going to replace the uppers soon.
by play he means movement from side to side within the tie rod. just grabbing it and moving it around will not let you observe the play in it. jack up the front end and with your hands at 3 and 9 o'clock on the tire grab it and push/pull on it to observe the play or looseness in the tie rods. you shouldn't feel any.

i'm somewhat new to working on these truck but i think i saw that the 4x4s have press in ball joints. i had to do both uppers and lowers on my 2wd and it was a nightmare.

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mine had a clunk like that last year, it was the sway bar link,
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