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Clunk in the Steering

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Hey guys, I'm hoping someone here can shed some light on a clunk in my front end. There was some slop and a clunk in the steering, so I took it to a shop and they told me my wheel bearings needed to be tightened. Turns out they we're pretty dirty so they cleaned them up and repacked them. $500 later, I still have a clunk. I should mention that the steering does feel much tighter now.

 

Anyways, I took a video to show the noise when I shake the wheels. I get the same noise on the passenger side as well. When driving, I only seem to notice it on the driver side.

 

http://youtu.be/ec5-Tne6udg

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Probably the ball joints. Also check the inner and outer tie rods.

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Quick easy thing to check is your rack and pinion bushing. Mine were shot and would produce something close to that.

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Quick easy thing to check is your rack and pinion bushing. Mine were shot and would produce something close to that.

 

That's what I was thinking. Most commonly is the driver side insulator as it is the one that gets oil poured all over it each time the oil gets changed.

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Oh yeah. Forgot about the rack bushings. I also had to change mine. I did them at the same time that I replaced my rack n pinion.

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his is a vq so i dont think oil would not get on his bushings when he changes it so i would maybe try the tie rods inside and out but thats just from the video get under there and shake the S*** outta them and see if u have any play

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I crawled under the truck last night and the only thing I could get to make noise is the cv shafts. There is a bit of play when I twist them and when I shake them (in/out). This makes a bit of noise. When I drive the truck the steering is tight and there's no clunk in the steering only over bumps. Could this be my problem?

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sounds like u maybe having the same problem i had look under the truck and look at the control arm check the bushing more specifically the one in the back if u take a picture i can confirm with how mine looked and cause mine clunked over every bump till i changed it.

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Let me throw another idea out there ..

 

Can you replicate the "clunk" by placing your weight on the fender to mimic the "up and down" travel? If so, have a buddy bounce the front end and see if you can locate the sound while laying on the ground.

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Bouncing on the fender found the problem. The stabilizer bar bushings are shot. I also noticed that the link on the driver side can be swivelled, I'm not sure but I'm thinking that's a sign it should be replaced.

 

Here is a picture of the control arm bushing. Both sides look the same, not so hot but I don't think they are a problem quite yet.

 

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New end link and bushings and no more clunk! Thanks for the help guys!

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