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Powerhouse2002
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:19 am    Post subject: Front end clunking Reply with quote

I own a 2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo, 4WD.

A few months back I had my brakes done at a Jeep dealership. Afterwards, I started hearing a clunking noise in the front end when I braked, however, it was only intermittent. I took the Jeep back to the dealer, who couldn't figure out why it was clunking, but regreased and retorqued everything. It stopped for about a day and then started again.

Three months prior to the brake job I had accidently hit a large dog at a high speed (front passenger side). No sound after that, the sound only started after they did the brakes.

Any ideas of what it could be? Obviously I need someone other than that dealer to look at it...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it under warranty? If so take it to a different dealer and see what they say. What did the dealership replace pads,rotors?
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Powerhouse2002
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it's not under warranty anymore. The dealership replaced pads and rotors, on all 4 wheels, plus new tires...

Thanks for responding. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hit a dog and it went away.. rofl rofl

I would check control arms ... Make sure they are tight.. Loose arms will give you a clunking sound when you take off or hit the brakes...

Maybe some dog guts are holding it tight for now.. rofl rofl
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

he never said hitting the dog made it stop.he simply said before the brake job he had hit a dog but there was no noise after doing so only after having the brakes done a bit later.


i would go with loose control arms or possible even a loose shock.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

badger wrote:
i would go with loose control arms

Yep, I'd agree. Experiencing the same with mine. Bushings are about null.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone! I am having the control arms and shocks looked at tomorrow by my suspension guy..someone I've used for YEARS and trust. I'll let you know what they say.

The dog (big 80 lb dog) rolled around through the wheel well and tore the guard off. There was fur stuck in some strange places. Sad, I know, but unavoidable. I was running about 60 when he stepped in front of my path in the dark while chasing a cat. The cat made it across the street, but I didn't see the dog coming. Talk about a bang and some nasty vibrating in the front end during that impact. Fortunately the dog didn't suffer, death was instant.

Oh, and by the way badger...I'm a she. Just a "she" with enough mechanical knowledge to be a little dangerous. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go pull the battery out of my old Mercury and drag it down to Wal-Mart. It's dead again. (I really need to drive that thing more often.) Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry she ,didn't know. Embarassed hehehehe
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Powerhouse shouldn't your mechanical knowledge tell you to unhook the + battery cable on that old Mercury whlie it's parked, if you don't drive it too often. That would keep it from dying all the time!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Orange, I know, unhook the battery. Embarassed Used to have to do that with my old Cutlass....

I've just been too lazy and keep forgetting. I'm also too lazy to try and dig out my battery charger (I just moved and it's still packed...God only knows where it is) so it's actually easier to just R&R the dang thing. Embarassed

Plus being the feminine-type woman that I am, when I walk in there tugging a battery along....well, it impresses the guys. rofl
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post a pic of that battery.... Very Happy
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