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Old 05-14-2004, 11:05 PM   #1
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I just replaced my upper mount a couple months ago, because my car was idling really rough. It helped immensely, but then my car started to clunk when I would shift and go forward after going in reverse. Today, I replaced the lower dogbone mount, the one under the crank pulley, because that's where the clunk was coming from, and it looked like it needed a new one. It helped, but it still clunks a little, just not as bad as before. I have a 95 SC2, and when I replaced the upper mount, it was horrible (missing pieces, could fit all of my fingers in between it). My other dogbone mount looks fine. I had the front end looked at by the dealer, and they replaced the tie rod, and everything else looks fine. Did the upper mount take out my transmission mount as well, or is there something else?
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I doubt it but it doesn't hurt to check. Do you have a manual or auto tranny?
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It's a manual with 119,000 miles on it. One more thing is that is sounds like it is coming from the passenger side, but there is nothing there that I can find that would make the clunk noise.
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IF you've already changed the upper torque axis mount and the lower dogbone motor mount, my next guess would be the CV joint.
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The boot on the CV joint looks perfect. No cracks or rips or anything. And it only does it when I go from forward after reverse, or starting on a hill.
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Do you get a clacking noise if you turn hard left or right and apply power from a stop? if so I would say CV. It does sound a bit like driveline slop to me.
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There is no clacking noise, I've heard a bad cv joint on my friends car, and it doesn't sound like that at all. It's a clunk, and it only happens once or twice at a time, no pattern, no clicking, just a clunk.
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With a car 9 years + old, there are quite a few things in the front suspension that could also be causing that "clunk" you might want to consider having the front suspension evaluated by a competant alignment shop.
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maybe lower transmission mount, inner or outer tie rod ends?

Also, ProDarwin mentioned here a while back replacing the control arms and sway bar bushings in the front "tightened up" his car. You may want to take a peek at those. I know mine are shot, so I may get them replaced soon.
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i bet its a loose lower control arm. Mine did the same thing after Saturn replaced the A-frame (sub frame)
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I looked under the car again, and the bushings on the sway bar, where it is attached to the frame, looked really bad. They are cracked and the sway bar is sagging down almost contacting the braket holding them there. How do I replace these bushings?
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Actually just did my 92 SC, and these lower control arm bushings are pressed into the control arms, and came with the control arm(all one unit), I replaced both for around $100 bucks and it is an easy job to do.
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No, not those ones, but the ones that are in the brakets that hold the sway arm to the frame.
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would a loose sway bar make the clunking noise when torque is applied in a different direction? I understood it when I found the control arm bolts loose. but a sway bar?
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I looked under the car again, and the bushings on the sway bar, where it is attached to the frame, looked really bad. They are cracked and the sway bar is sagging down almost contacting the braket holding them there. How do I replace these bushings?
The frame mounted sway bar bushing brackets are held on by two 15mm head bolts. Remove the bolts the bracket and the bushing (busing is an open one).
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