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    2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    I have a 2008 DTS with 72k miles. Recently I started hearing a light clunk noice coming from the from end when turning the wheels. It seems to be be worse when backing up. I do not feel anything in the steering wheel while at standing or driving but can sure hear something when turning the wheel. My 2000 Deville did the same thing and no one could ever find the problem so I don't know if this is something specific to cadillacs or if there's a problem. Anyone have any suggestion or comments... trying to avoid going to the dealer cause Im tight on funds right now.

    Anyone else having this issue?

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    Probably have the same issue with my 2008 dts. I think it is strut bearing damage. As i see this is the weak side of DTS.

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    For me it was a strut bearing. It would "pop" when turning the steering wheel. Its not a DIY job as those springs are dangerous.

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    I just chased down the same issue on my car (07' performance edition). Things to check are sway bar end links, sway bar frame bushings, strut bearing or the strut itself. Hopefully you don't have the MRC suspension like I do because if it turns out to be the strut like it was on mine be prepared to drop some $$.

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    If anyone has any issues with their bearings and decide to have the dealer look at it, please let us know what happens. You can reach Katie at Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com. Thanks everyone for the updating to your issues and I hope they are fixed quickly for you.

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    OMG Cadillac Customer service wants to know what happens!!!! OK I will tell you , if the vehicle is under Warranty the dealer fixes it, if not the customer pays. One thing is for sure, all DTS 2006 -2011 Strut bearings will fail prematurely. Just check your internal GM 2 year ICW numbers and verbatim's for the DTS Matt, see any kind of a spike related to Strut bearings? Can you help any of the customers who paid for the defect get reimbursed for this design flaw?

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    The strut bearings on my DTS... (both sides)... have also been replaced at about 80,000 miles.

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    Mine need replacing as we'll 06 performance 88k on it

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    Did you replace the front struts? How much did you pay for the job? Thanks, Fred Castro, Jupiter, FL

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    Replace both of my struts found em on car-parts.com 150 a piece they came off of a 2011 v8 Lucerne that was wreck in a rear end collision only had 10,000 miles on it so parts were basically brand new. Paying 300 instead of 2 grand for the magnaride struts is a great deal for me lol two thumbs up

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    Jpoborsky, sorry for my delayed input. This “light clunk noise coming from the front end when turning the wheels” is due to breakdown/failure of the strut bearings. You can verify it by jacking up the front ends and then turning the wheels from side-to-side. You can hear the thumping noise as you slowly turn the wheels. I have seen it before when I was living up north in the snow/salt country. This type of damage/failure of the strut bearings is due to exposure to the snow/salt/sand/grit. In my opinion, it has nothing to do with the design of the DTS. You just have to replace the strut bearings with the strut-mate strut mounting kits. For DIY’ers, you can get the kit for ~$50.00/each from Amazon. The strut-mate strut mounting kits can be installed by your local mechanic.

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    Quote Originally Posted by HASSAN4477 View Post
    Replace both of my struts found em on car-parts.com 150 a piece they came off of a 2011 v8 Lucerne that was wreck in a rear end collision only had 10,000 miles on it so parts were basically brand new. Paying 300 instead of 2 grand for the magnaride struts is a great deal for me lol two thumbs up
    You got a great deal on those struts. I had both of MRC struts replaced and with my discount I still paid over $800.00 for just the front struts.

    383 LT1 SS

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    How crucial is this part for operation? Like is it so crucial if it fails my entire car is unroadworthy? I have a '06 Lux III w/ 50K and it just started doing that, I don't want to pour money into it considering I just did the front bearings and brakes all around for it.

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    My 2007 DTS was clearly making a clunk from the rear when I would turn at low speeds. I also noticed that my left front tire was wearing unevenly. My local mechanic put it on the lift and immediately saw the front and rear sway bar links/bushings were bad w/ too much play. Also found a bad tie rod on left front side. Replaced these items and I can't believe how much better the car handles. Mechanic said my links/bushings rusted badly. My car's original owner was in NY/NJ area so the winters there would promote premature rusting. Only 70k mi on my DTS, so these sway bar problems can creep up on you before the 100k mark.

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    Re: 2008 DTS - clunk sound at low speed (or turning steering wheel at stand still)

    Quote Originally Posted by Seyahsed View Post
    My 2007 DTS was clearly making a clunk from the rear when I would turn at low speeds. I also noticed that my left front tire was wearing unevenly. My local mechanic put it on the lift and immediately saw the front and rear sway bar links/bushings were bad w/ too much play. Also found a bad tie rod on left front side. Replaced these items and I can't believe how much better the car handles. Mechanic said my links/bushings rusted badly. My car's original owner was in NY/NJ area so the winters there would promote premature rusting. Only 70k mi on my DTS, so these sway bar problems can creep up on you before the 100k mark.
    Ditto to that. During state inspection in Feb. they found the right outer tie rod end loose on my '08, replacing the rod end. Mileage at the time was just over 45K.

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