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Old 06-17-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy CLUNK in front end - after backing out of driveway with curb at street

Backed out of a friends driveway that has a curb at the street (ie not a smooth transition) - a little too fast and the subframe banged against the concrete. I've scraped the front on concrete curbs when parking etc - but this was a good bang. Now, there is a sobering nasty clunk that occurs sometimes when driving. It is hard to pinpoint when/why/where it is coming from. I've been underneath the car and see nothing obvious. I figure I'll try to get under again and backoff- and then re-tighten all the bolts holding the subframe to the main frame assembly.

Any other suggestions? It sure sounds feels nasty.

Edit: This is a 2002 SSEi with 88k miles

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put the front of the car up off the ground and crawl under their and hit everything, pull the tire up/down/left right etc. you shoudl be able to find it easy

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I'll give that a try while i'm under there. Heading out for vacation this weekend, so it'll have to wait a couple of days (we're taking the other car)
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culprit found - front sway bar end links were rusted enough that BOTH of them broke when I went down my friends driveway - the clunking is the pieces rubbing/banging against each other. Now - where to find sway bar end links ??????
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go ahead and get some energy suspension endlinks, they will give you much tighter handling
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I just got back from the autoparts store with some HeavyDuty Moog replacement end links. I don't care about handling on the SSEi over stock - It'* got two baby seats in it The '76 Corvette however, I would like to upgrade that a little - but that belongs on a different forum.
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This should be my last post on this subject, installed the new sway bar end-links this AM and NO MORE CLUNKING - handles like new!!!!
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