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Old 07-28-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
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Over big bumps and pot holes my front right clunks. In the past few months I've done bearings, struts, strut mounts, ball joints and sway bar links. Is there anything I'm missing? Control arm bushing appears fine. Steering is tight. Brakes dont effect it. I haven't jacked it up lately to look closer. Either a new part failed or came loose is my guess. Any other area I should look at?

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Old 07-29-2019, 12:50 PM   #2
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Been there. Try gently holding the brakes before you hit a pot hole and see if the issue goes away. There is a SB on this from GM and a $4 bushing that goes in the brake caliper that solves this. A rattling caliper makes a lot more noise than you'd think.

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Old 07-29-2019, 02:00 PM   #3
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Old 07-29-2019, 04:33 PM   #4
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I appreciate he reply, but it still happens with brakes applied. I just pulled the wheel, and everything still seems good. Can the cv axel clunk? I felt a tiny bit of wiggle in it, side to side not up and down. Seems normal to me.

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Old 07-31-2019, 04:58 PM   #5
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I appreciate he reply, but it still happens with brakes applied. I just pulled the wheel, and everything still seems good. Can the cv axel clunk? I felt a tiny bit of wiggle in it, side to side not up and down. Seems normal to me.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:15 PM   #6
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Alright. I'll check it out. I would think the steering would feel loose if this was the case but I'll definitely give it a look.

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Old 08-01-2019, 05:55 PM   #7
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No luck with the steering joint. Everything is nice and tight

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Old 08-02-2019, 06:12 PM   #8
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...I would say it might be a failed bearing plate on top of the strut, if your control arm bushings are fine. Also look closely at the control arm bushings, especially the large one in the aluminum housing ,they separate over time, when bolted together in the frame , it's hard to see. Hope this helps, DC.

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Old 08-09-2019, 04:48 PM   #9
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Check the top radiator mounts. They are rubber. Mine had pushed up out of place allowing the top radiator mount to clunk against the frame. You have to take out the two top bolts and pull the headlight assembly out a few inches to see the mounts. All I had to do was push them back down into place.

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Old 09-12-2019, 09:18 AM   #10
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Motor Mount.....

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Old 11-03-2019, 04:32 PM   #11
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I had a thumping noise when I first got my vue years ago. Also clunky over bumps. I changed the mount on the left of the engine, I think itís under the air box. Stopped clunky and thumping at start. Itís really easy to
Change. 3 bolts.

Unfortunately, now I need to change the transmission mount on the rear. 🤪🤪

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Old 11-03-2019, 07:21 PM   #12
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It's still clunking. I've done both motor mounts and the transmission mount behind the driver side wheel. I've also replaced both front cv axels. I'm guessing it's a strut but they are both new as of a couple months ago. Just trying to ignore it now. It frustrates me.

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Old 11-03-2019, 08:48 PM   #13
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Thatís frustrating...

Iím the same way, just invest in some hard rock music and turn it up.

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Old 11-07-2019, 07:17 PM   #14
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... It's rare , but very possible, that a strut or bearing plate failed, I had a new kyb strut fail ,it rattled over bumps and rock auto warranted it, just my.02, DC.

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Old 11-09-2019, 09:39 AM   #15
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Default Re: Stupid clunk

Rear control arm bushing:!
I know you said it looks good. Mine did also, even with the arm off, steering felt fine too.
I Replaced the whole arm since it was original and we just turned 200k. Big difference.
In the year leading up to this I had replaced:
Struts/shocks, springs, bearings, sway bushings, sway links, rotors, pads, adjusted steering linkage, tires.
Starting @ $15+shipping for a pair at Rockauto, find something else you need to make an order worth it(wipers, filters, toe/camber links, etc.)

I donít know if it makes a difference, but I torqued mine with the arm under load; jack under ball joint, holding it at need ride height/angle

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Old 11-14-2019, 06:55 PM   #16
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Well I took it to my local chevy dealer. My ignition was starting to get pretty bad. Figured it was time to get the recall done. So I had them look for the clunk while it was in there. They came up with sway bar bushings, a loose connection where the steering shaft meets the steering rack and................I need a new subframe. There is a fist sized section almost rusted through. I knew about rust spots in the unibody but I never noticed the subframe. Easier to see things on a lift though. I told them go ahead. $1500 for everything. More than I want to spend. But I've invested a lot of time and money in to her this year and I'm not about to quit now. But it sucks.

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Old 11-15-2019, 10:50 AM   #17
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you had a new subframe put in?
i pulled a trans on a fwd gm and could barely move the subframe when i had it laying on the garage floor.
i seem to recall the control arms were atached but still. a ton of metal, ok, 294lbs

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