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    Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    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.

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    there are lots of parts in the front end that could make noise -
    and no one can offer repair advise until the problem is pinpointed -

    a clunk followed by a rattle - is that what you mean by -
    a clunking that sounds like "thunder"

    if yes - the first thing that comes to mind
    is a broken or worn sway bar link -
    not the least bit uncommon -

    worn sway bar mounts/bushings could also cause noise -
    along with control arm bushings - and strut rod bushings -

    can you MAKE the car make the noise -
    in other words - is the noise so predictable -
    that every time you do XXX - the noise is there -

    more specifically than just driving over a bump -
    big bump - pot hole - curb going into driveway - etc -

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    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.

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    your description a clunking that sounds like "thunder"
    now has me confused -

    is it like a spring binding? can you describe it a different way?

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    I feel your pain. I am in same situation. changed struts,mounts,end links etc still making the same clunking noise

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    Have you had the car checked on a lift or just on the ground?

    Quote Originally Posted by turbol15 View Post
    I feel your pain. I am in same situation. changed struts,mounts,end links etc still making the same clunking noise
    What do you mean by end links? Tie rod ends or sway bar links? Sway bar links are the most common noise makers.

    Too bad they don't make a can of Stop Noise.

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    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.

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by Aztec ETC ECS View Post
    Have you had the car checked on a lift or just on the ground?


    What do you mean by end links? Tie rod ends or sway bar links? Sway bar links are the most common noise makers.

    Too bad they don't make a can of Stop Noise.
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    Too bad they don't make a can of Stop Noise.

    now THAT was funny -

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    Re: Clunking Noise from Front Wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
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    Too bad they don't make a can of Stop Noise.

    now THAT was funny -

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