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Old 08-27-2013, 01:39 PM
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As some of you may know, I've been posting on here sometimes about an ongoing issue with my truck making a funny clanking noise when driving over an uneven bump or ditch in the street.

I have now discovered that when the brakes are applied, the noise stops. I tested it by driving over a patch of road twice (went around the block) the second time with the brakes applied. The noise didn't happen. Today I tested it again going over a notorious noise-causing stretch near my house. I rode the brakes over this notorious patch and the clanking noise didn't happen. I went around the block and drove again without braking and it clanked to high heaven...

SO obviously this is being caused by the brakes, what do you people in the know think about this?? Why are the brakes doing this?
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:56 PM
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A long time ago I had a Ford Torino and had the brakes pads replaced and had a similar situation. Turned out the pads have some kind of clip to hold them and keep them from rattling and the mechanic forgot to install them.

Maybe this may be similar, worth a check.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:15 PM
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Thanks! I will write that down.
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Could be that you have worn struts. Or it could be any suspension related part to be honest. Springs, control arms, tie rods..
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Dont bet on the brakes. Like turning the wheel will make a bearing stop making noise. I would jack it up on both sides let the suspension relax.

Loosen up the sway bar and shock bolts . check the end links bushings for wear. Oil it all up and tighten it all back up. Put a pry bar between the spindles and lower control arms by the ball joint. Pry up and look for movement in the ball joint.

I would also do a bolt check and make sure everything is tight.
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Its funny you posted this today. I have had a knocking sound over the last 8k miles coming from the front driver's side. Twice the dealer passed it off, once they replaced the strut which eased the noise for 1k miles.

I left my truck over the weekend at Dodge to track down the noise again. They tried to replace a strut and the noise continued. Then they told me they had to order a replacement caliper bracket. Apparently it worked and my truck rides like new again. No more noise which is wonderful. Though they did swap the pads to the incorrect side (outside in and inside out). I have not yet found out if the pads are directional and if it would cause a problem.

The bracket they replaced is the one that goes over the disc and the caliper mounts to. I could get part numbers, but you have a different year than I.
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Dont bet on the brakes. Like turning the wheel will make a bearing stop making noise. I would jack it up on both sides let the suspension relax.

Loosen up the sway bar and shock bolts . check the end links bushings for wear. Oil it all up and tighten it all back up. Put a pry bar between the spindles and lower control arms by the ball joint. Pry up and look for movement in the ball joint.

I would also do a bolt check and make sure everything is tight.
Hi, I don't have the ability or "stuff" to lift it up on ramps etc and turning the wheel doesn't make the noise happen, driving over bumps does.
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If you haven't got the tools to look into it, you might as well bring it to the dealer and let them sort it out.
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Hello

I took it in yesterday, and they said it needs "shims"
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Shim? What the hell is a shim? lol
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