I'm glad you found your problem :)
I have had a suspicious 'clunking' for about 6 months now. It seems to
happen when I accelerate and decelerate at lower RPMs.
Yesterday I turned around in a bumpy parking lot and noticed it really
clunking. It sounds like it is hitting just at the bottom of the firewall in
I have had it checked, transmission mounts, driveline & harness, u-joints
and no and on. I have climbed under her several times and found nothing.
I am going to check my struts. I sure appreciate you posting your findings,
it gives a starting point to look.
I never posted the problem to the group because it always seems that
diagnosing a rattle, a clunk, a wheeze or any other sound would be so
difficult if you aren't able to see/hear it first hand.
If I find it.. I'll holler.
| > I just started noticing this noise today, whenever I brake to slow
| > down, I keep getting this sound that's like a clunk or a creak. If
| > I press the brake pedal when I'm completely stopped I don't get the
| > sound so I'm thinking that it might be the suspension. It seems to
| > be coming from driver's side in the front. About the only bit of
| > extra load the driver's side gets that the passenger side doesn't is
| > when I'm pulling into the driveway coming home there's a bit of a
| > bump up as I'm turning right to go to my parking spot, and when I go
| > to work there's a 25 mph exit ramp that also turns right... both of
| > which shouldn't be causing enough stress to break anything. Anyone
| > have any ideas what this could be and why it would just start making
| > noise today instead of getting gradually getting louder/worse?
| > --
| > James, '94 GT
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| >> I would say jack the car up and look underneath it.
| >> turn the wheels hard in both directions and while they are out
| >> check out the plastic fender liners for tire rubbing and the little
| >> plastic air dam in the fromt under the bumper. Both of these items
| >> are held on by plastic clips, one may have come loose in a hard to
| >> see area.
| >> Kate
| >> 98 Cobra Drop Top
| Thanks Kate... I jacked it up and found there was nothing that appeared
| be loose or rubbing. After I lowered the car back down I pushed down on
| front driver's side fender to bounce it a few times and noticed some
| excessive lateral movement after I let go. To make a long story short, it
| looks like the FD strut is busted so I just need to replace it (along with
| the FP strut as well of course). I've been thinking of lowering the car
| about a year now; I hate that big gap of fenderwell above the tires!
| I need to replace my front struts anyway, do I have to buy a special kind
| strut made for lowering the car, or do I just need to replace the springs
| get that done? What brands are good and which ones aren't? I'm using
| car as a daily driver so I don't want something that's so stiff I can feel
| it if I drive over a penny, but I'm not looking for Cadillac comfort
| I like a somewhat stiff suspension, just not TOO excessively stiff.
| James, '94 GT
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