1999 Chrysler Sebring Clunking Noise on the Front Driver's

Tiny
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  • 1999 CHRYSLER SEBRING
Noises problem
1999 Chrysler Sebring 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic ~75000 miles

Recently, my Sebring has been making a clunking noise on the driver's side, and from what I can hear and feel, it seems as if it's coming from directly in front of the driver, about halfway between the front bumper and the driver, and about halfway between the hood and the ground. The clunk happens almost every single time the brake pedal is used and every time a significant crack/bump is hit in the road. My guess would be something with the suspension, but I decided to get some outside opinion before I took a look for myself. The sound is best described as knocking type of clunk.
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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 AT 5:15 AM

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Tiny
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From the symtoms you describe I would first check the sway bar links, it sounds like you left link is worn and loose. To check you need to be able to get under the front of the vehicle to reach the sway bar link but have the suspension loaded (full weight on tires) grab the link and pull up and down and side to side to check for play in the ball & sockets joints on the end. If there is play, replace the link.
If you are unsure of your mechanical abilities or are unable to get safely under the vehicle to check the links most major aftermarket repair centers (PepBoys, Monr, etc) offer free estimates. They will check the steering and suspension systems free of charge. Just be sure to ask if there is a charge and and then you can check that estimate against a few other places or repair it yourself is you are able.
Just some ideas, let me know.
Dan
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Sunday, August 16th, 2009 AT 12:21 PM

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