Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Clunking Noise from Front Wheel in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hey again everyone, I had a question about my 91 Eldorado again. I have been hearing a clunking that sounds ...
Hey again everyone, I had a question about my 91 Eldorado again. I have been hearing a clunking that sounds like "thunder" coming from the front right wheel when I go over bumps. I jacked the car up and I can not get any play out of the wheels. It is definitely coming from the front right wheel though. The left wheel is totally silent when going over bumps but the right wheel makes the thunder / clunking sound when going over bumps or driving on a gravel road. It is really annoying and I can't seem to point out the problem. All the struts were replaced a couple years ago but that is all I did with the suspension on it. I saw a part made for these cars on eBay called a strut mount kit or strut cushion kit. Could this be the problem or do I have a defective strut? I was also wondering if I could check and retighten the bolts for the struts that are located under the hood or would this effect the front end alignment? Thanks in advance.
I can't make the car make that sound at all. I have tried pushing and pulling on everything. I know what you mean about there being a lot of parts in the front end and I don't know where to start. I can see that the control arm bushings are cracked and dryrotted. I am almost certain that it is not a sway bar link problem because there is no rattle or other noises after the clunk. The clunk is always there but it is a soft, and kind of quiet sound yet still annoying. The noise is there at any and all speeds. It will make the noise just by driving down my road where there is slight drops in the pavement. I forgot to mention that the sound didn't start until the front struts were installed which is why I was leaning towards it being maybe a worn strut mount. I have the money to replace everything under there but the notorious thump in the 4.9 bothers me. I don't know how long it will last but I don't want to put $800 into suspension work and then the motor gives out leaving it to sit until the motor can be rebuilt.
I am just as stumped as everyone else here even though I know what it sounds like just from driving it. After basscatt pointed out "there are lots of parts in the front end that could make noise" it got me thinking. I only know the basics about cars but I know a little more when it comes to Cadillac's. I think that I should maybe turn it over to a garage and let someone with more experience than me pinpoint the problem if they can. I am willing to replace anything it needs but I wouldn't want to replace everything on my own and find out that it was just something stupid causing the noise.