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Acura suspension noise pop, clunk, thump MDX

Acura MDX suspension noise pop, clunk, thump Acura MDX drivers complain of suspension noise coming from their 2001 and later MDX vehicles. They report three distinct noises. They come from the front suspension. 1. Metallic pop heard during braking and acceleration 2. Clunk, heard when driving on roads that dip 3. Thump, heard on rough roads. The first sound, metallic pop is usually caused by improper clamping force of the lower control arm to the subframe. To diagnose this problem, drive the vehicle in a circle (2-3 MPH) with the … Read More

Diagnose squeaks, clunks, and rattles electronically

Diagnose squeaks, clunks, and rattles electronically People write to me all the time asking for help finding the cause of squeaks, clunks, and rattles. Unfortunately, this is almost always AFTER they’ve taken it to a shop and the techs have guessed at the problem and replaced hundreds of dollars worth of parts. That’s really a shame and it’s NOT the way a pro should approach the diagnosis. If you are dealing with a noise problem, here’s how to be PROACTIVE with your mechanic. Ask the shop if they own a … Read More

Knocking noise Impala, Grand Prix, Regal, Century

Fix Knocking noise on Impala GM reports that it has isolated the cause of a knocking noise Impala that sounds like clanking or banging noise that comes from the rear of the vehicle. The noise occurs when you are stopping or parking. It happens most often when the gas tank is between half and completely full. You guessed it, the gas is sloshing against the sides of the tank and making the noise. So you have two choices, either put in a newly designed tank that has more baffles, or … Read More

Fix clunking noise dodge caravan

How to fix clunking noise on a dodge caravan Every Chrysler minivan owner eventually complains about front suspension noise. The suspension makes clunking sounds when going over bumps. The problem can be narrowed down to two components—the stabilizer bar end links, and the stabilizer bar bushings. The stabilizer bar connects to the strut with an end link that contains two ball joints. The ball joints allow the stabilizer bar to pivot up and down with the strut. However, these ball joints are not nearly as sturdy as the ball joints … Read More


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