My 2001 Taurus SES (vulcan) has a clunking noise, coming from the right front of the car. It sounds like it clunks every time the wheel makes a revolution, and I can feel it through the floorboard. Nothing through the steering wheel though.
It increases with vehicle speed, and seems to go away at highway speed, or at least it's fast enough that i cant feel the individual clunks. The car drives fine except for the clunking.
Also it only happens when I turn right. It goes away when turning left or going straight. It also doesn't seem to happen under 10 mph or so.
I've been under the car to see if I could see anything, and there is nothing loose and no torn boots or anything leaking. I did a search and found something similar on a gen3 from a little over a year ago, but what I found happened all the time, no matter what direction they were turning. In that thread, the general consensus was that it was probably the wheel bearing.
The right front tire only has almost 3000 miles on it, and the other three have about 8000 (sidewall failed on first tire), and it did it with both tires...though it went away for a while with the new tire, probably about 6-800 miles. It justr seems to be getting a bit worse lately (it used to be intermittent)...thats why I'm posting this now.
I'm going to have my mechanic check it out when it goes in to get inspected next month unless something breaks before then...just figured I'd see what all the gurus here thought....I'm open to any and all suggestions to get rid of this noise...i'm all ears.
edit: forgot to mention I have the AX4S trans.
Jim S. - Pittsburgh, PA
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2011 Ford Fusion SEL - Duratec25/6F35, 31k and counting
2001 Ford Taurus SES - Vulcan/AX4S, 190k and counting
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT - 2.8 V6/Getrag 282
Past: 1993 Taurus GL | 2002 Escort ZX2
Also in the Family: 2010 Fusion Sport | 2001 Toyota Camry LE V6