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Old 07-15-2005, 19:53   #1 (permalink)
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Q: for the experts
When the truck goes over bumps a certain way a loud clunk is heard.
The truck has new shocks, rotors brakes etc. No other noises just the clunking noise in the front end ( sounds more to the drivers side) looked underneith and can not find anything loose.
Any help would appreciated
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Old 07-17-2005, 23:00   #2 (permalink)
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hi greek, i would try having a look at your ball joints or mayby the wheel bearing on the drivers side, u could try jackn her up and seeing if there is any movment in the wheel from side to side or if it feels loose on the axel, if not mayby try lookn at the torsion bars to see if there is any ware on the hexagon end sockets that hold it in place , sometimes if they are worn the torsion bar wont sit in there snuggly and can move around when going over bumps, hope this helps.
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hi greek, i would try having a look at your ball joints or mayby the wheel bearing on the drivers side, u could try jackn her up and seeing if there is any movment in the wheel from side to side or if it feels loose on the axel, if not mayby try lookn at the torsion bars to see if there is any ware on the hexagon end sockets that hold it in place , sometimes if they are worn the torsion bar wont sit in there snuggly and can move around when going over bumps, hope this helps.
Thank you I will give that a try . I had balljoints replaced due to the same noise but was not fixed.
The sound comes usually when it goes over a small bump about 20-40 mph
Also sometimes when reversing/foward slow speed and go over small bump
I am hoping that is not the torsion bars, because looks like too much trouble to repair/adjust ( I read that a special tool is needed)

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Thank you I will give that a try . I had balljoints replaced due to the same noise but was not fixed.
The sound comes usually when it goes over a small bump about 20-40 mph
Also sometimes when reversing/foward slow speed and go over small bump
I am hoping that is not the torsion bars, because looks like too much trouble to repair/adjust ( I read that a special tool is needed)

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You might want to look at your motor mounts. Take a good look at the one that is opposite of the engine rotation. You may need some help with this.

1. open the hood and have some to watch.
2. Put your explorer in reverse and hold your foot on the brake and give some gas.(around 2000 rpm) and the take your foot off the gas.
3. Have your help look and listen for the clunk.
4. If nothing, then try the same thing in foward.

If your help does not see the engine raise up and hear the clunk then it's not the motor mount.
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hi greek , the torsion bars look more complicated than they really are, they can be taken out or adjusted fairly easily, the tool you talk of is a 2 pronged or 2 leg gear puller, i think ford make them or you can just go to a local tool shop and buy one.
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Greek did you ever find out what was making the noise?
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My 98' Explorer is making the same noise.. Did you ever find out what the problem was?
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Also, check the bushings and studs on the anti-roll bar (sway bar). The bushings should allow no relative motion between the lower control arm and the anti-rollbar. Jacking the front end up to unload the front suspension may also reveal a broken stud; I've seen a couple cases of that, especially in "salt country".
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Q: for the experts
When the truck goes over bumps a certain way a loud clunk is heard.
The truck has new shocks, rotors brakes etc. No other noises just the clunking noise in the front end ( sounds more to the drivers side) looked underneith and can not find anything loose.
Any help would appreciated
Thanks



I would say try 1 of these 2 things:I have a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer and I had this same issue mine was first the fact that I had ungreasable balljoints and tierod ends. I had mine replaced and its fine. Yes it is kindof expensive but worth it to have your car not clunking. Hope this helps!!
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Re: Ford Explorer 1998 Front End Clunking Noise

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Q: for the experts
When the truck goes over bumps a certain way a loud clunk is heard.
The truck has new shocks, rotors brakes etc. No other noises just the clunking noise in the front end ( sounds more to the drivers side) looked underneith and can not find anything loose.
Any help would appreciated
Thanks
Greek: I have a 92 Explorer, I was having the same clunking noise. I got under and was looking and found the Radius Arm Bushings were completely gone!!
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