I recently purchased a 1999 Crown Vic (PI Package) with 80,000 miles
on it. It was formerly owned by the government, so I didn't get any
records with it aside from a notice saying it hadn't been in any major
When I make sharp turns (mostly U-turns), I will feel and hear a
single, sharp clunking noise/vibration. It happens once, and typically
when the wheel is turned close to all the way. It's loud enough that
people standing several feet away from the vehicle can hear it (and
give me funny looks.)
What could this be?
Hmmm - I don't know what it is, but my 1995 PI does this - a 70 degree
turn can do if it's hard over enough. Although, I had the pitman and
idler arms replaced recently, and I can't say for sure if it's done
I had the same thing in my 1995 and after months of looking i decided one
day to change the front springs as the car was setting a bit low. That was
the problem in mine. The spring wasn't broken or anything and i have no idea
what was clunking,but that fixed the problem
none of the above. this is a design flaw that ford has not been able to
find, and it has been a thorn in their side since 1992. every ford crown
vic, mercury grand marquis, and Lincoln town car made since the introduction
of this body style has made this noise, and there is nothing you can do to
get rid of it. on the bright side though, it does not affect the ride or
handling of the car. besides the 5 that we have, a friend has a 95 stretch
limo town car with 580 thousand miles on it,and it has made this noise since
he bought it new, just like mine
Assuming the front suspension is in good working order, nothing is broken,
the clunking nose is the front sway bar frame attachment points, no secret,
been happening since the early 90's, not a design flaw, the bushings are dry
and need lube. Spray it and the noise goes away.
Frank from Deeeetroit
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