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Old 11-13-2012, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My wifes car is a 2003 ses. She is getting a clunking noise coming from the drivers side rear when she either hits a bump or turns.
Just wondering before I get the car up on jacks what it might be?
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Struts, sway bar links, ball joints are all possible. As well as just loose suspension components, wheel bearing, wheel hub, or brake components being loose.
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^ Sam, no ball joints on the rear of a sedan. I would 1st check sway bar end-links if equipped with a rear sway bar.
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^ Sam, no ball joints on the rear of a sedan. I would 1st check sway bar end-links if equipped with a rear sway bar.


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I did not see the sway bar. It just looks like trailing arms unless it is tucked up higher. Anyone have a picture?
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Had this problem since 2000 Taurus was new. Three times at dealership and they "could not reproduce problem". Seems to be coming from the left rear, more pronounced when cold or passengers in the back seat. I thought I checked everything but the rear anti swaybar bushings are a possibility. Sounds like it is under the trunk area. I will try and take photos if I get under there tomorrow. There is a posting from December 2005 that this problem turned out to be the rear subframe bushings. I don't quite understand how the rear subframe bushings could have been the problem so I am thinking about replacing the rear swaybar bushings that attach to the body under the trunk. On mine if this is the problem must have either been improperly installed or defective at factory assembly. Sheila are the swaybar endlinks you reference the parts attaching farther down closer to the wheel or the bushings at the body under the trunk?

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If the subframe bushings go bad, the subframe starts to clunk around where the bushings were. Sometimes they completely disappear...

This is the factory ford manual pictures, the sway bar link goes from the stabilizer (sway) bar to the strut. Should be bolted right into the strut like in picture two. Picture one, the link is the far left (I think?).





This is how to remove the entire stabilizer bar... to remove the link it's just two bolts lol!
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Man what are you guys smoking...rear ball joints...rear subframes...

It's probably the sway bar links. Rear suspension noises are relatively easy to diagnose, but it helps a lot to get the car in the air and have a big prybar.
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I am curious to find out what it is as I have the EXACT same symptoms...I hear it when I'm alone if I take a corner too quickly or hit a big bump, but it makes itself known especially when I have a full car of people.
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