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1997 For Taurus "thunking" sound


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09-13-02, 11:52 AM   #1  
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1997 For Taurus "thunking" sound

My daughter's 1997 Ford Taururs GL makes a thunking sound from under the car when you start, stop, sometimes at direction changes as well, which sounds like it is coming from the driver's side front. The noise has been getting louder the past year. The car has had the brakes checked out, but nothing else so far. Does anyone know of anything (suspensinon problems, etc.) that can cause this? thanks

 
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09-13-02, 05:54 PM   #2  
I would have the cv joints checked for starters. Depending on the mileage, could be about due. Other possibilty would be worn suspension components, i.e. struts that are getting louder as they get more worn.

 
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09-15-02, 06:07 PM   #3  
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Very commom problem for this car was frt sway bar link failure. Start there, that may fix it.....

 
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09-16-02, 04:44 AM   #4  
Hadn't heard that one before. My brother's '93 must be on borrowed time (only part on the car that HASN"T failed prematurely, LOL).

 
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09-16-02, 12:15 PM   #5  
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I trulyu appreciate the helpful suggestions!

The 1997 Taurus is in the shop right now, all the CV joints and struts have checked out OK. I just called to have him check the sway bar link. The way this is a intermittent "clunk" could definitely point to the sway bar link, because the noise only occurs when the front end moves down, up or side motion, then it doesn't make a sound until the front end moves the opposite way. It has been frustrating, but I should know shortly! thanks again

 
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09-16-02, 01:22 PM   #6  
From what you've described it sound like it could be either a motor or transmission mount. If the suspension has checked out ok that sound like it would be your problem, especially starting and stopping your engine/tranny may be shifting. Have the mounts checked.

 
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09-17-02, 04:59 AM   #7  
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You won't believe it

After the mechanics checked out literally everything in the front end (including the sway bar link, which they say they replace almost daily on the Ford Taurus). It turns out the clunking noise was from a loose rear brake shoe. Adjusting the rear brakes eliminated the noise. There is also something I thought to be strange about my daughter's Taurus, the ORIGINAL brakes (both front and rear) still have about 50% life remaining with over 49,000 miles on the car. The top mechanic said, if the brakes aren't used hard, they will last a long time. I then told him that the person driving the car the past 3 years was a teenage girl. He almost fell over! Thanks for your suggestions

 
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09-17-02, 05:48 AM   #8  
BTW, make sure the transmission is serviced religiously at about half the recommended interval - very high premature failure rate on Taurus/Sable.

 
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09-17-02, 06:01 AM   #9  
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transmission maintenance

Do you recommend going to a transmission specialist garage to do this maintenance work, or can I use the "quick lube" places like Valvoline Oil Hcange to do this work?

 
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Use any competent garage that does good work. Price is secondary to good work and quality service.

 
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09-17-02, 07:49 PM   #11  
Agree with Joe. Your regular garage would be fine. Most of the quick lube places are okay, but be a little wary as they are high-volume enterprises.

 
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