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Old 11-12-2010, 04:05 PM
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front end rattle or clunk

I have a rattle in my front end. Truck has 146k on it. 2 shops say all the ball joints are good. Track bar looks tight and so do the sway bar links. What else could be rattling? Its sounds just like a ball joint that clunks when going over bumps. The truck also seems like it rides way rougher than my 01 did. The only diff between the 2 trucks was my 01 was an ext cab and my 00 is a crew both 250's. I also put new shocks on up front with no change.
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:12 PM
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hi,check the bolts from the sway bar to the sway bar links. Mine were rattling and i replaced all of the rubber parts and no change. After further investigation i noticed that the bolts that go from the links to the sway bar are smaller than the hole in the sway bar,causing the clunking sound when the bolts loosen a little. I had bushings made to fill the gap in the hole and no more clunk!!!!!!
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:49 PM
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I will check that out. I think i have seen the gaps in them before so that could be it.
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Mine was doing the same thing.We checked the ball joints and they looked good at first.I insisted they were bad,so we put the truck on the lift,took a pry bar and lifted up on the tire and was able to move the tire in and out alot.Not saying that is your problem,but we overlooked it 2 or 3 times.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:18 PM
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Yeah i tried that. I jacked mine up and put a crow bar under the tire and had no play anywhere. Thats whats kind of puzzling to me is that it sounds just like ball joints.
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hi,check the bolts from the sway bar to the sway bar links. Mine were rattling and i replaced all of the rubber parts and no change. After further investigation i noticed that the bolts that go from the links to the sway bar are smaller than the hole in the sway bar,causing the clunking sound when the bolts loosen a little. I had bushings made to fill the gap in the hole and no more clunk!!!!!!
I have some funny clunk when i am turning and going up hill, i can feel it in my floorboard. What are you talking about? When i had my truck on the lift i found my sway bar to be loose in its mounts and the sway bar arms to connect to the frame one had a big washer on it and the other didn't.
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Mine ended up being bad shocks.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:26 PM
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Yeah mine did end up being front sway bar bushings. They just had to disconnect the sway bar to see how bad they were. My rear bushings were so bad that i could move the whole bar up and down with it still intact. Oh well, $75 bucks and she's fixed.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:35 PM
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U ARE IN MINN ITS COLD THE GROUND IS FROZE AND THE ROADS ARE HEAVING AT EVERY SAW JOINT SOMTHING HAS TO MAKE NOISE AND GIVE, HELL OUR FAMILY CAR MAKES U THINK THE FRONT END IS GOING TO FALL OUT FROM UNDERNETH IT THIS TIME OF YEAR HERE IN IOWA!
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:19 PM
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Oh i know Iowa roads. I drive semi down there every other monday. I 80 sucks.
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