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OK, so I've searched for about 50 pages, and it seems liek suggestions are all over the place, but I only found 1 post dealing even remotely with what I'm feeling.

I have a clunk in the front end, usually feels like it's from the LF. ONLY happens when I'm taking off from a light, or when I'm braking hard. I've replaced the bottom 2 motor mounts. Replacing the other 2 this weekend. I got under the car, the balljoints and the LCA bushings are perfect, tried to move the control arm with a prybar and everything.

If the motor mounts don't fix it, whats left? Axle, strut mount???
 

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Ya, thats what I'm starting to think too. I just got back from a test drive after swapping the other 2 motor mounts and it's still there. Looks like I might be putting in an axle tomorrow. I'll check a couple more things tomorrow once it is light outside.
 

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So, I really started listening on the ride home from Napa today. It clunks when taking off from a stop light with decent load. It clunks when hard on the brakes. And, it clunks when hitting bumps (but ONLY at low speeds). WTF???????

Control arms are fine. Balljoints are fine. Control arm bushings are fine. Swaybar bushings are fine. Motor mounts are all new, all 4. I yanked hard on the spring and strut, no noise or movement there either.

Whats left? I bought an axle for it, but I don't really want to install it if thats not the issue, because I'd like to take it back. I suppose I can install it and yank it right back out if thats not the issue, it's only a ~15 minute job.
 

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It is most likely the brake caliper slide pins, mine has been doing the same thing (on and off) for 4 years now. Only mine is the right side.

I've replaced them once, but I think the caliper might be worn, or the pins are undersized either way, I would check that first.
 

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Interesting, I hadn't thought of that. Did it go away for a little bit after you replaced them? I might just tear that apart tomorrow.
 

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I swear that must be it. ZI've tried everything except that, including the axles. Mine has went for the worse and does it stopping, accelerating, and while slowing done I get quick pops that coinside with how fast the wheels move. NTM, it's on Both sides! The Caliper pins have to be the issue, cause thats the only part of the brakes I haven't changed, shot of the whole caliper.

I'm going to try the wheel bearings when I get a chance, and I know the Struts are shot, but I doubt the strut is the issue, and the wheel bearings I'm changing cause I hear a squeek slowing down too, (not pads, them and the rotors are 3 months old, and have been checked).
 

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What are the chances that, say, something is cracked or flexing ab-normally when loads are applied in certain directions??
 

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So, the car has sat for a few months, and I'm moving tomorrow. Once I get settled, I'm going to attempt to fix this (finally). Anybody have any other suggestions, or any places to look?
 

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Jeffescortlx said:
just jack up the wheel and spin it by hand. Feel the axle with your other hand for play.
Then maybe take the wheel off and inspect the breaks.[/quote

Been there done that. Unfortunately, it's deeper than this.
 

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I'm having a similar problems. I have a 91 escort gt and i get that clunk, not when i brake, but right when i let off the gas or change gears, I just replaced both front and rear motor mounts today and the problem is still there
 

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I'm having a similar problems. I have a 91 escort gt and i get that clunk, not when i brake, but right when i let off the gas or change gears, I just replaced both front and rear motor mounts today and the problem is still there
 

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Tie rod ends. 20 bucks per end, 15-20 for the bar. Cheap fix, and it WILL cease the pop noise. If you let it go for too long or give it too much hell, then it will snap completely, disconnecting itself from the Sway bar and cause you to only be able to steer in one direction. I'm not gonna guarantee that's what it is, but I am willing to place a large sum of money on it that's what it is. 99.8% sure that's what it is. Let me know if that helps.
 

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the bar that connects the two tie rods together.
 
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