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Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

For the past few weeks I have been noticing that after turning right and driving off I get a clunk in the front end somewhere. It varies in loudness from nothing to a discernable and loud clunk heard inside the vehicle.

I have been under it whilst on rams and can see no noticeable areas of movement. Have had the wife "wiggle" the steering whilst I am down there (not to violently though) and can see nothing noticeable.

I am now able to pretty much get it to perform on demand, but at the last service (July - 51000 kms on the clock) the garage could find nothing.

I therefore thought of this august body of people who may have experienced something similar.

Any suggestions etc would be appreciated

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Old 08-13-2016, 09:00 PM
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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

Got any aftermarket gear on the front? I had a similar noise going for months, no 'professional' was able to isolate the cause. Eventually when I took the bash plates and lower front guard off, the noise was gone. Since putting them back on, its back, but not as bad. I believe it's just movement/stressing of these accessories when the vehicle mass shifts around. Hope this helps


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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

You could better isolate the suspension if you support it from jack stands hanging loose rather than having it supported on ramps and under stress. Once you get it up use pry bars to watch any play in the bushings, tie bars, steering, struts, bearings, etc. Anything with play and watch while you move it.
How many miles? Spring or air?
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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

Are you sure it is the front? There was a TSB for a clunk from the rear, specifically when starting off and turning. The TSB said it often occurred pulling out of a parking space. The TSB called for an update to (IIRC) the body control module. I had it done on my '14 Overland and it solved the problem.


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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

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Got any aftermarket gear on the front? I had a similar noise going for months, no 'professional' was able to isolate the cause. Eventually when I took the bash plates and lower front guard off, the noise was gone. Since putting them back on, its back, but not as bad. I believe it's just movement/stressing of these accessories when the vehicle mass shifts around. Hope this helps


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Hello Simon.

I have no after market gear on the front, all was either fitted at the factory (bash plates) or by the garage (nudge bar). Have been looking and listening for a time until today.

Took the local foreman for a drive (he has worked my car for some time including quadralfit issues etc) and he could clearly hear a clunk up the front on the passenger side. Reckons it could be the sway bat linkage, but will see. Have the car booked in Wed next week.

at least now he has heard it, I have some hope of a diagnosis.

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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

Thanks to all who have replied.

I have been on a drive with the head mechanic today and he thinks it could be the sway bar linkage.

Have booked in all day Wed next week. We will see what happens.

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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

Hello All.

Well a week ago I had the GC into the dealer for a look see at the front end.

The report back was that they could find nothing, but had re-torqued all of the suspension bolts that they could readily get access to.

Surprise!!! the clunk has gone. What they did I don't think anyone will know but them, but I am happy that I no longer get the clunk (clearly felt under the passenger floor I am told) after turning right.

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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

Hello,
My '15 GC with 20,000km has started to make the same clunk you described, and today I left it for service at the dealer.
I was wondering if your problem was solved permanently or did it came back?
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Hello,
My '15 GC with 20,000km has started to make the same clunk you described, and today I left it for service at the dealer.
I was wondering if your problem was solved permanently or did it came back?
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The noise did come back, but it is now fixed. It was a loose bolt on a link on the sway bar. Now, at least, I definitely know what to look for.
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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

I have had my front and rear sway bar links come loose and cause clunking noises. It was a little hard to find because it doesn't look or feel loose until u put some force into it and then the bolts spin. torqued them to spec and all good no noises.
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I have had my front and rear sway bar links come loose and cause clunking noises. It was a little hard to find because it doesn't look or feel loose until u put some force into it and then the bolts spin. torqued them to spec and all good no noises.
Exactly the same as mine.
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Re: Front Steering or Suspension "Clunk"

I had the dealer tighten all bolts and nuts in the front suspension and it worked, the clunk is gone.
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