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Looks like I've got the dreaded clunk.


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I think I got the clunk. I was headed to Berkeley for lunch with rsmeanie. On the way to the ...



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Old 08-19-2011, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I think I got the clunk. I was headed to Berkeley for lunch with rsmeanie. On the way to the freeway on-ramp, it felt like I hit a couple of divider bump/markers, only I didn't hit anything. I thought maybe I had a piece or paper or something stuck to the tire. While on the freeway at speed, no noise. When I got off onto the surface streets in Oakland, the noise got progressively worse the more bumps I came across while going about 15-25 mph. By the time I got parked, I was almost sure my wheel was coming off. Again, smooth pavement, no noise, the least bump, it felt like I hit a small cow and my wheel was about to come off. Combination thud, metallic noise and springy sensation. On the way home, same thing. Smooth pavement and freeway, no issue, get off the freeway on my way to the dealer, I wasn't sure I'd make it based on the sound. So the dealer is keeping her overnight so they can check it out first thing in the morning.

My Charger SRT is the 2006 year model, build date is 10/27/05. The only suspension mod I've made is the Hotchkiss swaybar upgrade back in 2007 which I've had no issues with. I've driven her to GA and back, and taken her out on the Big Track at Willow Springs on three separate occasions. In fact I took her in for a three-month service last weekend and they didn't find anything wrong. She has 57513 miles on her.

Not sure how much this will cost, much less if I can afford it, but jeez.
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It's not the typical "clunk". That's usually the tension struts. Most often it's the bush that deteriorates and sometimes the ball joint. Neither one of those is likely to go from rumble strip bump to "I think my wheel is falling off" in the course of one trip.

Had mine replaced not too long ago. I started taking a side street route that was really really lumpy. I thought I had noticed it starting to clunk sometimes maybe a month before but wasn't sure. After a few weeks on the lumps I was pretty sure it was clunking. Another month or so and I was quite sure it was clunking.

Sounds like yours is something else. Probably a good move having it looked at right away.
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Yeah, the more bumps, the more horrible the noise. And only when I'm going like 15-25 mph.
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Yeah, the more bumps, the more horrible the noise. And only when I'm going like 15-25 mph.
but those (typical cause of the clunk) parts usually don't go from ok to completely shot in that short of a time. Not impossible but I'd be surprised.
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Okay, so not the dreaded clunk something else entirely.
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Right now I'm just a mess.
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Okay, getting theories from others (twitter, fb and cencallx) that its a tierod or a shock issue. Its definitely suspension. Tire/wheel looks fine, brakes work great (trust me, driving home on Friday afternoon from Oakland).
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Hmm, someone with similar issue suggested tension struts.
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People are going to suggest everything under the sun... The key in your case is the time from ok to really pronounced. Shock might fit that bill. tie rod probably not.
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Okay, well, I thought I might have heard something odd earlier this week while driving, but the progression from "odd" to "OMFG" was a matter of minutes of drive-time today.
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