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Old 18 Sep 2011, 08:04 pm
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Default Clunking noise in front

Hi. I just bought a 2003 PT Cruiser with the remainder of my financial aid. It's my first car, and I hope I didn't make a mistake. I just had two tires replaced (at Wal-mart). We moved the old tires to the front. Now, a few weeks later, the car is making a loud "clunk" after a few wheel rotations. It doesn't make the noise when I drive in reverse. The clunk is not constant, but intermittent. It sounds like it's coming from the front driver's side. We checked the front brakes and they were fine. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I don't have any money left over to pay a mechanic. Thanks so much!
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Old 19 Sep 2011, 03:46 am
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Default Re: Clunking noise in front

Check out the condition of the lower control arm bushes.
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Old 19 Sep 2011, 10:53 am
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Default Re: Clunking noise in front

lower control arm bushings and/or front sway bar bushings are the most common culprit in front end clunking noises.

Both can be fixed in the driveway with the car on jack stands if you have automotive mechanical knowledge.

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Old 19 Sep 2011, 05:55 pm
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Default Re: Clunking noise in front

You may want to have the front bearings checked, i just had my changed out today.
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Old 19 Sep 2011, 10:21 pm
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MY 2006 clunk turned out to be the OEM struts, at 40K.

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