Thanks for the info........I want to make sure we are on the same page.
The clunking sound is driving and started how long ago? Even like you said, small bumps.
I have pic attached to refer to.....since some of these parts are called different things; I want to make sure we are saying the same thing. For example, I will start with the right side....on a Maximum there is a strut mount bearing....but it isn't called that on this car. So I can make sure we are saying the same thing....please tell me by number what you replaced.
Right side you replaced what you call the bearing plate which is number 2 on the pic? Yes? And the bearing....which is which number?
On the left side you replaced the ball joint, and number 2. Yes?
We can discuss when you get back with me. My input.
I recent worked on a 1999 Nissan Maxima. Replaced the struts and upper insulators. The clunking noise was still there. I replaced every part except the springs......the clunking noise was still there. I replaced the struts a second time.....noise went away. These were Gabriel top of the line struts also....so I was into the front end 3 times in a week.
My suggestion is to replace all of the components, 1 (comes with the strut), 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9. The main reason is all of these parts play a part in the suspension and also have how ever many miles you have on the car....on them too.
The struts as you see don't have to be leaking to be bad...they are in constant movement. As you saw, two new struts above.
Last, I am sure the mechanic knows, but the final torque is with weight on wheels.
Now I would still look my mounts over really good...you replaced the one....but look at the others including the transmission.
After your review let me know what you think.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 AT 10:12 PM