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Old 02-09-2016, 04:23 PM   #1
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Clunk from front strut area

Just bought a 9-5 Aero and one of the known issues was a clunking noise coming from the front passenger area. It happens when I go over an abrupt bump, but I can't feel it in the steering wheel. I can hear it well enough, though.

I'm guessing strut mount, but don't know much of anything about 9-5s.

Any idea?
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don't the 9-5s have that upper engine mount on the passenger side too?
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I'll have to double check, but I think it does. It doesn't make the clunk unless its hitting a bump. Happens at low speed or high speed. I would imagine a bad mount would make itself know if I mashed the gas pedal and let off quickly, but that doesn't happen.
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Most of the over bump noises on a 9-5 will be failed sway bar end links. I change both once per year. Sometimes its swaybar bushings, just hop its not that.
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I hope it's just the link as well. From what I've read, the sub-frame might need to be dropped to swap out the swaybar bushings. Ugh... no.
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I hope it's just the link as well. From what I've read, the sub-frame might need to be dropped to swap out the swaybar bushings. Ugh... no.
Yeah, at that point its time for poly sub bushings and whatever else.
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Since I last posted I added an endorsement on my ManCard® by buying a bunch of tools. All of my car-related tools are at a friend's garage approx. 1200 miles away. Since I need more than a hammer and PB Blaster to do any DIY stuff again, I purchased a 250 pc. toolset from Lowes, some jackstands, and a small jack from Autozone. And a can of PB Blaster.

Anyways, I removed one end of the swaybar end link from the car, zip-tied it to the strut, and went for a short drive. The clunk went away.

I just ordered two Moog end-links, and some other stuff from Amazon. Prime is addictive.

Fun to be wrenching on my car again.
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There ya go, that was easy.
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I just changed my sway bar links today and only found the drivers side to be junk but even with new ones I still have a clunk in the car, what else should I be looking for?
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I'm no expert on the 9-5, but you might need new strut mounts or your swaybar bushings may be bad. Others will know more.
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I'm no expert on the 9-5, but you might need new strut mounts or your swaybar bushings may be bad. Others will know more.
Sounds like a fair diag to me!
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