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Old 09-06-2005, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Sounds like a cv joint to me, but check your front sway bar end links too. Wheel bearings make a roaring sound. I have just that on my 97 wagons front. I ordered a new bearing and abs hub assembly today as a matter of fact for CAD$126. I could have got cheaper, but I asked for the premium quality assy that's as good or better than Ford, but certainly way cheaper. The 94 teg had a bad rear abs hub and bearing, and was roaring so loud, it sounded like the muffler had a big hole. It cost $CAD210! Damn jap parts! No the wheel won't fall off from a bad wheel bearing. The hub nut has huge torque and is staked, also the rotor and wheel with it's lugs pin everthing in place. Upon inspection, the bearing wasn't sloppy side to side, just not smooth turning anymore like the new one. One time pre Taurus days, I had a loose caliper, but that only clunks when braking of course.
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thanks...I'll check the sway bar endlinks probably later today. I actually thought it could be the CV joint but I wasnt sure, I'll have to inspect closer.
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I'm beginning to think these Gen 4's are having this problem early more and more. I've seen a lot of these threads come up about this same thing. I have it as well on my '02 with 42K miles. It makes a light thud/thump noise with every wheel revolution, seemingly louder on left turns, accompanied by light vibration at all speeds. We may have different issues but do let us know if you solve it.
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I'm beginning to think these Gen 4's are having this problem early more and more. I've seen a lot of these threads come up about this same thing. I have it as well on my '02 with 42K miles. It makes a light thud/thump noise with every wheel revolution, seemingly louder on left turns, accompanied by light vibration at all speeds. We may have different issues but do let us know if you solve it.
strange...didn't know this kind of thing was too common. I'm going to do a more thorough inspection of it myself tomorrow, and I'm going to get it inspected during my break from school next month (it's due in November) and I'll have the mechaninc give it a good checkup. I really want this to go away, it's annoying, enev if it doesn't really affect driveability as of yet.
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Not to complicate your life-but bad cv joints do sieze and break and that means the car stops!! Engine will keep running but no go back or forward. Also, if the joint breaks the shaft may crash around under there and break other stuff. You may have many miles of driving without a prob-but turn down the tunes and listen to it often. If it gets more noisy quickly, then park it until you can get it fixed. I'm assuming it is a bad cv joint of course. That noise on turning is a classic sympton. Many other makes also have this prob-so you are not alone(little consolation, I know). Best of luck, Alex
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Not to complicate your life-but bad cv joints do sieze and break and that means the car stops!!* Engine will keep running but no go back or forward.* Also,* if the joint breaks the shaft* may crash around under there and break other stuff.* You may have many miles of driving without a prob-but* turn down the tunes and listen to it often.* If it gets more noisy quickly, then park it until you can get it fixed.* I'm assuming it is a bad cv joint of course.* That noise on turning is a classic sympton.* Many other makes also have this prob-so you are not alone(little consolation, I know).* Best of luck, Alex
That's what I've been a bit worried about. I'm at school 95 miles from home, so I've basically parked it except for trips I have to make...if it gets any worse, the Meadville, PA Ford dealer is only about 10 minutes away, but I'd much rather take it to my regular mechanic at home, I trust him a lot more. It doesn't sound too bad yet, it's not too loud and I don;t think it's audible outside the car, but it has been making the noise a bit more often recently.

I went and looked at it again...still nothing I can see out of the ordinary. Nothing lookse, leaking, or broken, but the more I read up on CV joints, the more that sounds like that's what it is.

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If it's any solace, bad CV joints are not terribly common on lower mileage cars. Unfortunately, it *does* happen.
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OK...finally got this sorted out, figured I'd post an update for anyone with a similar problem.

Both lower balljoints were replaced, left side was shot and the right was barely acceptable. The left one would not pass PA safety inspection. Front end now feels a lot tighter and it rides much quieter over bumps and railroad tracks...and I feel like an idiot for not checking them myself, but that's why we have mechanics anyway. Also should have tipped me off that the left front tire was wearing all funny and it wouldn't hold an alignment.

The noise did turn out to be the right front wheel bearing after all. It hasn't been changed yet, I needed the car to get back to school and my mechanic said it will be fine for a while and to bring it back in when I have the time to get it fixed or as soon as the noise gets worse. So it will probably go back in over Thanksgiving break unless it gets worse before then.

The CV axles both checked out fine, no problem there. Now I just have to get to an NTB and get my free alignment...and the closest one is about an hour and 15 minutes away.
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How much did this all cost you? (Breakdown by parts and labor if possible.) This sounds very similar to my problem, except I am able to feel vibration through the steering wheel (barely); I just replaced the brakes, and since doing that, the problem has become *very* pronounced when braking. Nonetheless I am probably going to take it into a dealership; I don't think I care about messing with the front suspension in a parking lot on my own time. Thanks.
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