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    Had a strange clonk appear from the front end a month or so ago, took it to local garage who said they could not find any problem, anyway yesterday it come back on way home from work, when i hit a dump i get a clonk sound which sounds like its coming from the front drivers side and i can feel it through the floor. Took it out last night and it did not do it again. On the way to work this morning it started again straight away, over spped bumps, pot holes a realy heavy clonk sound, i almost turned round and went home, at one point on a smooth section of road it was doing it every couple of seconds, then it stopped again. Took it to the local garage again today and again test drive, put it on the ramp and they could not find any problems.
    I did not want to drive it the 20 miles home and left it with them to test drive in the morning again.
    They have checked all the joints, springs etc.
    Any ideas ?, please

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    Drop link or strut top
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinG View Post
    Had a strange clonk appear from the front end a month or so ago, took it to local garage who said they could not find any problem, anyway yesterday it come back on way home from work, when i hit a dump i get a clonk sound which sounds like its coming from the front drivers side and i can feel it through the floor. Took it out last night and it did not do it again. On the way to work this morning it started again straight away, over spped bumps, pot holes a realy heavy clonk sound, i almost turned round and went home, at one point on a smooth section of road it was doing it every couple of seconds, then it stopped again. Took it to the local garage again today and again test drive, put it on the ramp and they could not find any problems.
    I did not want to drive it the 20 miles home and left it with them to test drive in the morning again.
    They have checked all the joints, springs etc.
    Any ideas ?, please
    sorry i had to laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanya_baby View Post
    sorry i had to laugh
    doh

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulvectrac View Post
    Drop link or strut top
    Hi Paul, any idea how this can be tested to see if this is the problem

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    Er drop links are cheap so change anyway and strut top post the car side to side it will clunk if it's gone
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    The front drop links tend to make a twang noise when they have worn, usually as you steer and go over a bump at the same time

    Sadly the noise and symptoms you have described sounds like either the offside shock absorber or strut mounting

    The shock absorber is easy to check, run your finger under the plastic cover
    If there is any dirt it has failed

    My money is on the strut mounting
    As above, give the car a good shove horizontally and listen for clunk
    It is easier to locate with the bonnet raised

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    The front drop links tend to make a twang noise when they have worn, usually as you steer and go over a bump at the same time

    Sadly the noise and symptoms you have described sounds like either the offside shock absorber or strut mounting

    The shock absorber is easy to check, run your finger under the plastic cover
    If there is any dirt it has failed

    My money is on the strut mounting
    As above, give the car a good shove horizontally and listen for clunk
    It is easier to locate with the bonnet raised
    Would the shock made the noise whilst driving in a straight line on a smooth section of road


    Quote Originally Posted by paulvectrac View Post
    Er drop links are cheap so change anyway and strut top post the car side to side it will clunk if it's gone
    i have pushed and pulled the front end, and wheels and nothing

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    anti roll bar bushes mate this happened to me on my st220 worth a look me thinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipamish View Post
    anti roll bar bushes mate this happened to me on my st220 worth a look me thinks
    thanks for the reply, garage had another look and drive today, still cant find anything wrong

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