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Front end "Clunk"

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by smokinglock, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Apr 1, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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    smokinglock

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    Hello all, need some help. I'm getting a front end clunk, almost like something is binding up then giving at all different times. It happens when wheels are turned and when they are straight, but mostly when i hit bumps. It's getting worse pretty quickly so am looking for some quick assistance/knowledge. Also, bought this truck used with a 3" body lift, spacers, AAL's and rear shackles. Any assistance is appreciated. :confused:
     
  2. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    I have the same exact clunk I think. I'll wait to see what info shows up here :spy:
     
  3. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM
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    CliffordBRD

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    What kind of clunk? Can you identify if it is from the engine, driveline or suspension/etc..? What kind of engine/trans/4x4?

    All those lifting components can't be good put together with a body lift.

    If it is when you hit bumps seems like it might be a bushing is going bad somewhere. Certain side of the truck it comes on?
     
  4. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM
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    Seems like it comes more from the right front side, I know it's a Sh!*&y setup, but that's how i bought it, I've already updated my profile, but it's a 4x4 extra cab, 3.4 manual. The only other thing i've done is the grey wire mod.
     
  5. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM
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    definitely suspension/steering too, nothing else seems right.
     
  6. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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    Doesn't do it during braking more than any other time, what do you mean by contact points???
     
  7. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    Right, didn't notice his is a first gen. Mine has been making the sound ever since I installed the lift. Nothing is loose or anything, and it clunks and makes a rattle sound whenever i hit small bumps, no idea what it is
     
  8. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    Well the thing rides like a tank anyways. Don't know how long the shocks have been on it or the rest of the lift, but i can feel every ripple and pebble in the road as it is. Everything seems to be working but it's my DD so i want to fix it before it puts me at the bus stop..
     
  9. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM
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    Well this isn't settle but i gotta get off here for now. Anyone else has any ideas, please lend a hand. Preciate it...:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  10. Apr 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    Probably your upper controll arm ball joint maxing out when you go over a bump. Does it clunk right after you crest over the bump when you suspension tops out?
     
  11. Apr 2, 2012 at 7:02 AM
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    No not really, it will do it when even when i'm just turning and moving lock to lock in a parking lot.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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    Could be loose/worn out steering rack bushings if it happens when turning while parked, can you feel any play in the steering wheel?
     
  13. Apr 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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    I chased a "clunk" in the front of my truck for months. It wouldn't happen all the time and would usually occur when I hit a dip in the road not a jolting bump. It finally happened in a drive through a few weeks ago and I could make it do it when I rolled forward and hit the brakes. I then could hear a faint sloshing liquid sound. That's when I realized it was the washer fluid sloshing back and forth. It would start doing it when the level got down to a certain point which is why it wouldn't do it consistently. :rolleyes: :eek:
     
  14. Apr 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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    have you checked your lower ball joints?
     
  15. Apr 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM
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    Maybe its the steering shaft clunk? The steering column is a two piece design, resulting in a less than stellar steering feel.
     
  16. Apr 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM
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    Snowman

    Snowman I have a problem for your solutionÂ…

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    That would be my guess too.
     
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