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Old 01-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I replaced all 4 tie rods on my 2003 Taurus. They were worn out. I still have a clunk sound when steering at low speed. Like in a parking lot.
The front wheels were tight when tested at 12 and 6 position and 9 and 3.
Any ideas where I should look now??
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You mean inner and outer on the front?

It's probably the sway bar links clunking.


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You mean inner and outer on the front?

It's probably the sway bar links clunking.


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That's what I would guess as well, or balljoints. Any way of getting a video of said sound?
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Thanks for the replies.

The sway bar links are plastic. How tight should they be? They don't have any visual sign of being worn out.
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Look at the boots where they connect to the sway bar and strut. Any cracks mean they need to be replaced. See picture of mine. They need to be VERY tight. I would apply blue loctite and attempt to tighten them as much as you can.

Ratcheting wrenches makes the tightening job MUCH easier. Do not use power tools.

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Also check sway bar bushing too.
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Invest in a rubber mallet. Start hitting joints in the suspension listening for noise. Anything odd or loose sounding replace.
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