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Old 03 Jul 2019, 10:53 pm
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I have replaced the engine mounts, but still hear a 'klunk' when we turn hard or hit a bump. Would that be a shock/strut?
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Old 04 Jul 2019, 07:30 am
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Could be the top strut mount. How many miles are on your PT?
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Old 04 Jul 2019, 10:18 pm
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The lower control arms are notorious for getting noisy with high mileage (both the bushings and the ball joints wear out and get rattly). The sway bar bushings also tend to disintegrate after a while.
My local shop quoted me $1500 to replace these parts, along with the shocks, with just basic pieces. I did the job myself one weekend, with premium pieces from KYB and Moog, for $400 or so. Ride is firmer and better controlled, no more rattling.
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Old 05 Jul 2019, 08:18 am
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about 140K
Can any of these cause shake at 65mph?
My son says the steering wheel shakes really bad at 65

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about 140K
Can any of these cause shake at 65mph?
My son says the steering wheel shakes really bad at 65
Check car for bad tire (broken belt) or bent rim.
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Old 05 Jul 2019, 12:32 pm
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It could also be a bad half shaft (axle). I had a Caravan that would shake the hell out of you at 45 mph. Above or below, it was okay. Replaced the passenger side half shaft and all was well.
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Old 05 Jul 2019, 01:40 pm
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My klunk was lower control arms, good price at RockAuto and the local shop didn't charge an arm and a leg for replacement
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Old 05 Jul 2019, 03:03 pm
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I think I'll try to replace the lower control arms first and see if that solves the problem..
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Old 05 Jul 2019, 03:26 pm
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It might be worth your time to have a shop look at it. Some shops will do an inspection, let you know what's wrong and tell you what it will cost for them to fix with NO charge. They want you to come back for the repair. Some will do an inspection for a small fee. Probably less money than a control arm. The last time I took our Nissan van in for an alignment, they put it on the rack, found out the inner tie rods where worn. I took the van home to replace them myself with NO charge. I did go back and let them do the alignment. Good for both of us.

I recommend you check or have a shop check your suspension before throwing parts at it. You might spend a LOT of time and money before finding out that it is a $20 piece.

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Old 05 Jul 2019, 05:20 pm
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It might be worth your time to have a shop look at it. Some shops will do an inspection, let you know what's wrong and tell you what it will cost for them to fix with NO charge. They want you to come back for the repair. Some will do an inspection for a small fee. Probably less money than a control arm. The last time I took our Nissan van in for an alignment, they put it on the rack, found out the inner tie rods where worn. I took the van home to replace them myself with NO charge. I did go back and let them do the alignment. Good for both of us.

I recommend you check or have a shop check your suspension before throwing parts at it. You might spend a LOT of time and money before finding out that it is a $20 piece.

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I did the same thing, knowing that there are things that typically wear out, but not being certain that I knew exactly where to look. Our local Brake Masters offers a free "safety inspection", so I figured why not let them have a look. They confirmed what I suspected, and I saved a bundle by doing the work myself (to say nothing of using better parts). I'll have them do the front end alignment (don't have that sort of equipment in my garage), but nothing wrong with taking advantage of their services.
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