My 98 Windstar Klunks extremely badly in the right front end during stop and
go, turning, and reversing. I went to the Dealer and they said nothing's
wrong. I went to Sears and they said Tie-Rod. I walked away, because the
dealer said nothing was wrong. Has this happened to anyone else?
Have them check the sub frame bushings. They will make a noise under the
floorpan, just below your feet.
Also have them check where the radius arm goes into the subframe. Seen lots
of problems needing welding in that area of the subframe. Usually the pass
just had that problem on my windstar,clunking,sounding like always on a
gravel road,thumping like a bad tire,slight pulling in steering wheel at
times,extreme noise from passenger side front,after several times inspecting
and finding nothing wrong and things tight a friend who works at a
dealership pin pointed the problem,it wound up to be a worn burnt front
bearing ,these are one piece pressed in bearings that the whole front hub
has to be taken down to get to,not only was the bearing trashed but the
shaft on the hub itself had grooved and had to be replaced,upon changing the
whole trouble stopped.
I have the same problem and the mechanic tested all the rod ends and
they were stiff ie. no movement. You only hear it while driving oven
irregular surfaces or moving away from a stop. It was then seen by a
former ford mechanic and he said it was the ends of a balance rod
which is a vertical rod behind the tire area. The ends need to be
Since I just had all my shocks and struts changed including new tires
this will have to wait a little. He also mentioned that it would not
affecting any other areas for the time being.
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