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Old March 28th, 2010, 08:51 PM
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Driving the 90 today and I constantly hear "clank, clank" from the front end. Definitely louder when I hit some bumps on the road. Can almost feel it in the steering wheel too. Just wondering what I should look for before I get under the truck and start yanking on things? Maybe the steering stabilizer?
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Old March 28th, 2010, 08:57 PM
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Did you check the shock towers? Is the steering and handling off?
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:04 PM
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get under the truck and start yanking on things
The answer lies within the question Grasshopper.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:22 PM
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I was thinking shock towers.... but how would that happen in the driveway???
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If one of the bushings degraded over time and just fell apart you would get this kind of noise.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:46 PM
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does it stop when you hit the brakes?
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I had that when I lost the bottom bolt to one of my shocks
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Old March 29th, 2010, 02:29 AM
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It's only when driving especially going over bumps. I checked the shock towers and everything seems to be a-ok. All nuts and bolts present. The Pitman Arm Ball Joint seems to tilt back and forth. When I push the arm back, it hits the rod behind it making a noise. I'm hoping that's what it is. Everything else I pulled on seemed tight but I'm not sure that's enough force to reproduce the noise.

My shocks are original so that could also be the issue. I'm sure they need replacing due to age.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 09:31 AM
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If your shocks are original then the bushings are likely as toasted as the shocks and as Andrew said are a likely culprit. I would replace them right away, I'd say you got your moneys worth after 15 years.
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If your shocks are original then the bushings are likely as toasted as the shocks and as Andrew said are a likely culprit. I would replace them right away, I'd say you got your moneys worth after 15 years.
Yeah, you're probably right. Guess I'll be ordering this week.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 11:13 AM
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I would be shocked if the bushings are done. Brian I dot think people realize your truck has only 45k miles.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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I would be shocked if the bushings are done. Brian I dot think people realize your truck has only 45k miles.
Hmmm, well I know the shocks are done. So maybe I should just start there. The Ball joint does have play in it like I stated above. I can't see anything else that would be rattling and clanking.

I've also had a vibration in the driver's front fender well when going about 30-40 mph. It's only for a few seconds but it's been doing it for the last 11 years and I've never been able to figure it out...
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