SEVERE CLUNKING NOISE

  • Tiny
  • Berrynghtwl
  • 1990 DODGE SPIRIT
  • FWD

1990 Dodge Spirit has a severe clunking noise, found rear wheel bearing dry, could it be spinning on the shaft and "catching" intermediatly?

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 AT 1:57 PM

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  • Caradiodoc
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Rear bearings will overheat and weld the inner race to the spindle. You'll have a severe wobble and very loud rumbling sound. You will also notice a lot of play in the wheel when you tug in and out on the top of the tire.

Is the noise coming from the rear or could it be in the front?

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 AT 7:32 PM
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It could be coming from the front. It actually sounds like a plate hitting a drive line, none are visible. No play in stering, under breaking car stops in a fairly straight line, I would say very little front end wobble

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 AT 12:43 AM
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Look for uneven front ride height. If one side is an inch or more lower look for a broken coil spring. They can make a horrendous noise.

Next, check the left and right engine mounts to see if the engine is sagging on one side. That can cause the vibration damper to rub on the plastic splash shield or the half shafts to bind as they rotate.

If you can't find anything loose with a visual inspection, you might try a tool called the "Chassis Ear". That is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and head phones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the head phones. You might find this tool at an auto parts store that borrows or rents tools. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool but most new car dealerships have them.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 AT 1:45 AM
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Ill try the steps you recomend, and get back with you on result

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 AT 5:08 AM

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