For the past couple of months, I have been hearing a noise in the front
suspension (left side?) when going through turns on roads with small to big
bumps. It is more evident in left hand turns than right ones. The sound is
more of a clunking noise. At the same time, I can feel the vibration
through the wheel. I haven't been able to find anything obviously loose,
but I'm not familiar with torsion bar set ups.
Anyone else have this problem and know what it is? I hope to have a good
idea what is going on before I take it back to the dealer.
I had a similar problem on my 00. I had a clunk in reverse with the
wheels turned to the right and travelling over small bumps. Backing
out of my driveway was most noticeable. I had a cracked steering gear
(whatever that means) and the dealer replaced under warranty. Don't
know if the steering gears are weak or mine was abused in a previous
I also had a popping/clunking in the steering wheel over mild bumps
pretty much all the time. There was a TSB on this one that required
the steering shaft to be lubricated or something to that affect. I am
sure Doc or Ian can verify the #s on that one. With the new steering
gear and that TSB completed, all is well now.
I took my '03 to the dealer for just that problem, and it was the
steering shaft. It needed lubed. I wondered afterwards if it was a
factory problem, because it seems odd to me it should need something
like that at only 16,000 miles. Wish I would've thought to ask!
Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the
This might not be pertinent, but I chased a front end clunk for several months
before a mechanic noticed a bad rubber (bushing?) in the torsion bar setup,
during a routine oil change.
Replaced rubber, no more clunk.
Thanks everyone for the replies. I now have some some good insight on what
to say to the dealer when they act like the customer doesn't know jack.
I'll check the bushings again, but I didn't see anything like that before.
Sounds like the steering column is the common problem.
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