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Still Have a Front End Clunk

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by cold_and_tired, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I decided, a few weeks ago, to order the Energy Suspension sway bar end link bushings for my truck. I had a clunk that I could feel in the floorboard every time I hit a bump.

    I spent about an hour today replacing the bushings and ended up breaking one of the bolts. I had to run to the hardware store to get a new one and figured I wouldn't hurt anything by leaving the front sway bar out.

    I have a tiny bump at the end of my street and decided it would be a good test to go over it the same as I do everyday.


    The front end of my truck feels and sounds the exact same with the sway bar out as it does with it in.

    I got the bolt and put everything back together with no change whatsoever.

    Ball joints were replaced this past June, shocks were replaced summer of '09, new X-code springs with new spring bushings in May of this year.

    Is it possible for the spring hanger bushings to be worn out? When I put the new springs in, they felt very tight.

    While I was under there, I put my hands on everything that I could and shook, twisted and manipulated as much as possible. I didn't feel anything loose but then again, I didn't have the truck in the air.

    What else could be making a clunking sound when the suspension cycles that I would be feeling in my feet?
  2. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    Check your trackbar it my be loose or the bushings are wore out.
  3. Axel bearings maybe
  4. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    If this were an older truck it could be a rotted out body mount bushing. But if it is the '02 in your signature, it would be unlikely

    You could check your u-joints for wear, pitman arm, and any idler arm if your truck has one. I think alignment shops use prybars on these to check for play.
  5. abbe

    abbe Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 718

    I have the same clunk in the floorboards, comes right up thru your legs. It's annoying as balls
  6. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    had the same problem it was a loose shock.... I couldent beleve how much one shock made it sound like the hole axle was coming loose.
  7. grec-o-face

    grec-o-face Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    Loose shock bolt?
    Or 'loose' as in failed shock?
  8. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,798

    me to bottom shock bolts worn just changed them today now its fine
  9. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    have it too. everythings tight as balls on my front end so i quit worrying about it. when it breaks ill be prepared to fix it
  10. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    Got it fixed! I managed to get a good half turn on each of the shock bolts, front and rear. The truck is now as silent as the day I bought it.

    Thanks guys!
  11. 350 STROKER

    350 STROKER Member
    Messages: 55

    i've been fighting the same thing. i'll check out the shock bolts too. thanks
  12. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    the bolts were worn out so the bolt had play inside the shock bushing.
  13. woody79

    woody79 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I had the same problem on my F250. Turns out it was the swaybar bushings.
  14. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    found a loose shock today..looks like bottom bushings are worn
  15. accu-cut lawn

    accu-cut lawn Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    A loose draglink will also cause this!