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strange clank

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by takern, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Jun 12, 2010 at 8:44 PM
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    takern

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    i noticed about 4 days ago an interesting clank coming from my left side. it mostly happens at low speeds below 25mph and over very small bumps like going over a manhole or making a left turn, not a right turn though strangely. anything bigger than that and i cant hear it. it sounds like two very thin pieces of metal kinda being tapped together. i got underneath and shook the coilovers and they werent budging. i tested the upper and lower control arms and they didnt move. i shook the swaybar but couldnt get the noise. i looked for anything hanging down in the engine bay but didnt see anything. i even shook the exhaust pipe and transfer case under there and nothing is loose. any other ideas? i have a set of SAW coilovers up front btw
     
  2. Jun 12, 2010 at 9:04 PM
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    is the spare tire tight?
     
  3. Jun 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM
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    yeah it should be. i filled it up with air a month ago and took the chain up. it doesnt make a creak though like the chain is swinging back and forth. more like 2 skid plates being touched back and forth
     
  4. Jun 12, 2010 at 10:11 PM
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    My skid plate bolts were loose and would make a noise. Not sure if it was the same clank as yours though
     
  5. Jun 12, 2010 at 10:21 PM
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    no they are tight, i grabbed on to them and shook aslo. i am quite perplexed by this noise
     
  6. Jun 13, 2010 at 12:08 AM
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    Since the left side suspension is compressed on a right hand turn, I'd focus on the right front side for the cause. Pay close attention to the right front wheel bearing.
     
  7. Jun 13, 2010 at 12:35 AM
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    Are all your lug nuts tight. Im sure you already checked them but my friend just had it happen to him on his subaru so its a possibility. Also check/take off or even swap them to the opposite side the end links on the sway bar they can make a clank noise. Hope that helps.
     
  8. Jun 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    i had that problem, my tire fell off
     
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    did you ever find the cause of this noise? I developed this clanking noise on the left side that is only noticeable over small bumps but not larger ones which is very weird. It didn't start until i took the truck to the dealer to get my steering rack bushings replaced, and an alignment so it has to be something that those ass holes did. I am taking it back there sometime this week so hopefully they will find and fix it for free, but just wondered if you found a solution
     
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