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Old 30th March 2012
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Sorry, this could get a little lengthy to be clear.

On my 2003 Concorde, I've had a distinct clunk in the front passenger side wheel/suspension area for a while. It occurs under cornering or straight line braking. I've read where it could be a number of things from control arm bushings to coil over mount bushings. I never really understood how it could be suspension with it happening in straight line, but what do I know. Now over lunch I pulled the tire to check the brake pads. I decided after getting the wheel off that I would check the bearings by wiggling the hub. Grabbed the rotor to do that, and while the hub was nice and solid, the rotor moved out about 1/4 inch on the back side opposite the caliper. Now I know I've got to replace it, but that leads to my questions. How hard is it to get the rotor pressed on, and could that solve my clunk?

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that rotor isn't pressed on and it is fine that it moved like that. Is the noise a reaction to suspension movement, like hitting a pothole or going over a bump?
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that rotor isn't pressed on and it is fine that it moved like that. Is the noise a reaction to suspension movement, like hitting a pothole or going over a bump?
Yeah, found that out about the rotor. Thanks though. Glad that I don't have to replace it, but still concerned about the clunk. I'm pretty sure now that it's suspension related. I've been told that the sway bar links have a tendency to go bad on these, and it could be that. The only problem is that I'm not sure how to check it, and I don't want to just start throwing parts at it. I've also heard it could be any number of bushings including one on the coil over mount. Guess I'm going to just have to suck it up and pay someone to take a look at it. Really wish I was back home. Pretty sure I could get it looked at for a little bit of nothing. Maybe I can wait until next weekend since we're heading back that way for Easter.
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do you know what the sway bar links are? If you do you can reach past the wheel and tug on them to see if they move. Usually when they are bad they will rattle back and forth by hand. These cars are also known for tie rod ends rattling
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do you know what the sway bar links are? If you do you can reach past the wheel and tug on them to see if they move. Usually when they are bad they will rattle back and forth by hand. These cars are also known for tie rod ends rattling
I agree, and he can jack that wheel off the floor and while he is looking under it he can have someone else move the wheel around back and fourth, top to bottom, etc. Also a pry bar under the jacked up wheel may be able to reproduce the noise and he can look while a buddy does that part. (Best to put a solid jack stand under that side while he does it though).
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A couple things.... first you may not find worn suspension part lying on your back...weight of the vehicle will keep some components loaded and you wont be able to see it. Also some shops may check your car for free or small charge with hopes of getting the repair. Someone may check and let you know what youproblem is.
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Thanks for all the help guys. I'm pretty sure I know what the sway bar link is, so I'll give a couple of those checks a try, and if not, I'll find some place that can a look at it.
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The inner tie-rod ends on those cars are notorious for going bad....really bad. It's actually not a tie rod, but a rubber bushing, and when it wears it allows a ton of slop. It also allows all sorts of shimmy/wobble/wander problems. It's not too hard to fix....actually easier then conventional tie rods IMO.

Read: http://www.allpar.com/fix/intrepid-steering.html

Don't know if this is really your problem, but when i hear of clunks on these cars, this is the first thing i check. As mentioned, the sway bar links also wear.
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The inner tie-rod ends on those cars are notorious for going bad....really bad. It's actually not a tie rod, but a rubber bushing, and when it wears it allows a ton of slop. It also allows all sorts of shimmy/wobble/wonder problems. It's not too hard to fix....actually easier then conventional tie rods IMO.

Read: http://www.allpar.com/fix/intrepid-steering.html

Don't know if this is really your problem, but when i hear of clunks on these cars, this is the first thing i check. As mentioned, the sway bar bushings also wear.
Tie-rod ends/etc, are on the short list of things to check, but it's not at the top since I don't have any of the shimmy/wobble/wonder issues as of yet. I'm hoping it's not anything that will also involve getting an alignment done.
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Right, jack the car up and get a large crowbar. You then can put pressure on the parts and check for play. Check ball joints also just to make sure before you buy parts. The other guys are probably steering you in the right direction already.
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