you might find this amusing:
I posted some weeks ago about the continuing front-end clunk on my '95
LHS.....LOUD clunk and twang when turning sharp to the left going
forward, or to the right backing up.
I have had the car for 6 years....the previous owner told me about it -
that he had tried to have it fixed, but no one could figure it out. And
for 6 years I've been going to various mechanics (I know nothing) who
have thrown money at it.....ball joints replaced, sway bar bushings,
steering box bushings, etc., etc. replaced....no improvement. 2 Chysler
dealers took it in a came up with 2 different opinions: replace the
struts ($1200 or so) or, replace the entire steering gear ($2400+).
A couple of you were kind enough to make suggestions, among them engine
mounts, mount brackets, transmission mounts, lower A arm or tension
strut bushings. Took it to my mechanic who checked all and found
2 weeks ago, I dropped a screwdriver in the garage and it rolled under
the Chrysler and I'm doing the lowcrawl with my flashlight and looked
up: noticed that on the 2 headpipes that come back to join the inlets
on the converter, there were the "U"s of muffler clamps.....but not the
rest of the clamps.....just the "U"s hangling loosly on top of the
pipes. Nothing bent or scraped....everything uniformly rusted
suggesting that the clamps had never been completely installed. And
it's the original exhaust system.
My mechanic charged me $7.50 to put 2 new clamps on.......and the clunk
So, that gives me several things to think about:
was that the way the car left the factory?
nice to have all those new parts, that cost several hundred bucks, on
there that weren't needed.
glad I didn't spend $1000 to $2500 more on an old car.....that
wouldn't have helped the problem.
and......think about how many times.....in 110,000 miles... that car
was on a lift getting oil changes and other repairs, and not one "Master
Certified Techician" ever noticed that the exhuast system wasn't clamped
Makes you start thinking more about a Honda or Toyota.
Thanks to those who reponded to my first post!