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Every time I go over a bump, I hear a clunk in my front end, that sounds like it's coming from the left side. I haven't lifted the car up, but on the ground, the suspension seems tight (there doesn't seem to be any movement in the wheel when I grab it and try to shake it), and pushing down on that corner produces little to no bounce or movement period.

So my first guess, if my suspension is, indeed, tight, is probably something in the subframe (maybe a bushing?). The question is this: Will it eventually let go and cause a catastrophe? Or can I drive it like this for the foreseeable future? In other words, is it a danger, or an annoyance?

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Every time I go over a bump, I hear a clunk in my front end, that sounds like it's coming from the left side. I haven't lifted the car up, but on the ground, the suspension seems tight (there doesn't seem to be any movement in the wheel when I grab it and try to shake it), and pushing down on that corner produces little to no bounce or movement period.

So my first guess, if my suspension is, indeed, tight, is probably something in the subframe (maybe a bushing?). The question is this: Will it eventually let go and cause a catastrophe? Or can I drive it like this for the foreseeable future? In other words, is it a danger, or an annoyance?

Thanks!
Sway bar links are the first to go. By 100K highly likely they are on the way out. Not very costly, can be changed in the drive way but need to jack up both sides to check or change.


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Knock on bumps

Bull had this too. They checked and had to remove these posts atop some suspension stuff that had rusted r seized up. They had to saw them thru n replace them. I’m in the south n they asked right away has this car been up north n I had tried t move t pecksburgh overmatching the winter n then moved back.
I’m saving t replace the Other ball joint, now, n t replace a trunk gasket n eval n the tranny. Willow creek transmissions came recommended but I reached out online n got no response. Maybe none because I fessed up that I didn’t have an expert eval the tranny.
Long live the Taurus! Did I see an ad for the 2018? Is ford keeping the Taurus after all?!
 

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Sway bar links are the first to go. By 100K highly likely they are on the way out. Not very costly, can be changed in the drive way but need to jack up both sides to check or change.


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Brand new here, 2nd day on this site, perusing the various threads. This sounds like the answer to an annoying problem that I've had for the last few years. My local tire shop told me I needed new struts for $1200 which failed to solve the problem. I wish that I had known about this website back in those days, I will take a look at those sway bar links to see if they are loose.
 

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Sway arm links about quarter the price of a strut and quarter of the labor. I paid local shop $330 to do the struts on my '03 Sable parts and labor. At the time I could not do it myself. On my '03 Taurus last Summer when i could work outdoors, ~$110 for OE struts, and about hour labor per side.
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