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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2020, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Clunk in passenger side, after replacing ball joints, hubs

Hi Guys,

Sorry for another clunk thread. I searched but couldn't find anything specific considering I have already replaced the likely suspects.

I just replaced my ball joints in the front, and both wheel hubs. I did them one side at a time, and after replacing the left side, I started getting a clunk when turning sharply to the right in reverse. I can feel the clunk in the pedal which makes me think it originates in the front driver side, but perhaps it could originate from the rear too? I did not use my torque wrench when doing these replacements, and I really should have, but I just went back through and torqued what I could reach without jacking up my car (tie rod, sway bar links front and back, front brake caliper bolts and guide pins, and lug nuts).

I have replaced this year almost everything: ball joints, wheel hubs, track bar, front sway bar link and sway bar bushings, springs, shocks, front control arms and control arm axle bushings, all 4 tie rod ends.

Any clue as to what this could be? I replaced the ball joints and wheel hubs last, and this is when I first started hearing the noise. I don't suspect any of my other components. I checked the track bar while having the wheels moved from left to right and it looked solid. The ball joint didn't seem to move either, and I doubt a new ball joint would be bad- at least I hope not . The noise is not all the time, just on very sharp turns it seems like.

My only guess would be the new extended rear sway bar links, which I put on with the lift a year ago. Compared to the front, it seems like the bushings are extended pretty far away from the actual link? Giving the link the ability to move around maybe? But I'm not sure if it is this, since the noise JUST started.

Tips or things to check would be appreciated. I think I'll probably go back in and torque the ball joint studs and the wheel hub nut once the smoke out in Washington calms down a little. Thank you!

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Oh and to clarify, the clunk is definitely a loud popping noise. Like metal on metal that just got loose type of clunk.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-16-2020, 11:28 AM
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Look at the rear upper control arm bushings.

Also be checking the bolt holes when pulling all this crap apart. Iíve had to weld new washers on for trac bar and upper rear

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-16-2020, 11:20 PM
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Definitely double check those ball joints. sounds like something was left loose.

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Thank you guys. I do suspect my rear components are worn out, but that's gonna have to wait another year since I'm losing access to a driveway where I can work (RIP). Bigrigr: I'm gonna take your advice and take everything apart on the driver side to double check each bolt's torque spec. It will at least give me peace of mind!
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