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Clunk

Post by silverfox » Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:57 pm

My TXD has developed a clunk front offside but only intermittently and with wheels pointing to nearside if I go over a slight bump or uneven road. It doesn't happen every time but always at the same places! Wierd or what? Nothing seems loose! It doesn't happen on main road journeys or along the undulating lane here but as soon as I drive slowly out of Kwikies at Rhos-y-Medre and enter the gateway here there it goes! MOT is later this month so HEEEELLLLPPP! :cry:
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Post by ken newbold » Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:59 pm

Could be an anti-roll bar link which won't really effect the MOT, or it could be a wishbone bush that's going, and that will effect the MOT.
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Post by Stewart (oily!) » Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:59 pm

Drop link starting to go? they can make a noise like two skeletons bonking on a tin roof when they have a bit of play, should not show up in the test though.
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Post by Oscar » Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:12 pm

Sounds very drop-link. I ordered a new one from GSF, but found that a liberal spray of WD40 (what did we do without it?) cured it.

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Post by AlanS » Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:27 pm

More seized drop links get replaced than need to.
I found years ago that they almost totally seize and make a cracking noise as described when they decide to move.
You'll find if you tap the back of them with a small ballpein hammer it will free them up and if taken from the car, dust cover removed and regreased, they'll last forever.
I did mine about 4 or 5 years ago and still no problems.
As a bonus, I found after I had greased them that it improved ride and handling also.


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Post by Mr B » Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:43 pm

AlanS wrote:More seized drop links get replaced than need to.
I found years ago that they almost totally seize and make a cracking noise as described when they decide to move.
You'll find if you tap the back of them with a small ballpein hammer it will free them up and if taken from the car, dust cover removed and regreased, they'll last forever.
I did mine about 4 or 5 years ago and still no problems.
As a bonus, I found after I had greased them that it improved ride and handling also.


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Did the same a few weeks ago and it works a treate!

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Post by Vanny » Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:47 pm

I'd say drop links, but dont fall into the trap i did, replaced both drop links and not it seems the problem is actually the bottom engine mount! As i understand it drop links will make a very deffinate crack and not a thud?

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Post by silverfox » Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:42 pm

Vanny wrote:I'd say drop links, but dont fall into the trap i did, replaced both drop links and not it seems the problem is actually the bottom engine mount! As i understand it drop links will make a very deffinate crack and not a thud?
Ta for all the helpful comments. And yes I suspected engine mount as the clutch can be juddery if revs not right!
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Post by jeremy » Wed Mar 08, 2006 3:38 pm

You can replace the bottom mount in situ - I've done it. I think instructions are on here somewhere

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