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Old 06-25-2009, 09:00 AM
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Clunking sound.

Hey guys, I'm just about to take my 97 automatic prelude in to a mechanic to get it checked out but i thought someone on here might know the source of my issues.

I hit a fairly large hole in the road the other day which put a slow leak in my front right tyre, and about half a mile after the pothole i heard something squeak and something flicked off the underside of the car and i could feel it bounce underneath the car as i drove past, it wasn't huge but it was quite loud. Ever since then, quite often after heavy breaking, when i lift my foot off the break i hear a loud clunking sound coming from the front right. Also before this happened the car was noticeably pulling to the right under heavy breaking.

This is my first car and i really don't know that much about cars, but I'm trying to learn, and was wondering if i could get a heads up as to what may be the cause, mostly just in case the mechanic tries to scam me if they pick up on my ignorance. Also wondering if it's safe to drive until i can get it booked in... On the trip home after i hit the hole everything seemed to run perfectly fine and I've taken it to the shops once since then but I'm getting paranoid.

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Re: Clunking sound.

is your wheel pushed back? It could be something with the radius rod bushing or something of the sort.
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Re: Clunking sound.

for your air leak your rim might be bent. as for the thing that flew off and the clunk it could be anything. go look under the car and tell us if you see anything that doesnt look right. and do your best to avoid potholes in the future
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Re: Clunking sound.

I can't see anything visibly broken underneath it, although there is a small amount of oil on the ground near the front right. I haven't seen a single spot of oil since i bought it until now.
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Re: Clunking sound.

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I can't see anything visibly broken underneath it, although there is a small amount of oil on the ground near the front right. I haven't seen a single spot of oil since i bought it until now.

Not to be an ass but you sure its oil? Your AC condensation will drip by the front right tire. As for the leak in the tire your rim is probably bent a little bit. I hit one last week because it was raining and I only have one wiper. Since then my tire leaks a fair amount. I have new rims that i put on and that fixed the leak in the tire and the hard pull to the right.

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Re: Clunking sound.

i had this same problem! but im not sure if its really the same. the sound would happen exactly like when u say it does after hard braking or braking down a driveway. i found ou what it was when i installed a highflow cat. it seems that something inside my stock cat was rattling inide...
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Hey guys, I'm just about to take my 97 automatic prelude in to a mechanic to get it checked out but i thought someone on here might know the source of my issues.

I hit a fairly large hole in the road the other day which put a slow leak in my front right tyre, and about half a mile after the pothole i heard something squeak and something flicked off the underside of the car and i could feel it bounce underneath the car as i drove past, it wasn't huge but it was quite loud. Ever since then, quite often after heavy breaking, when i lift my foot off the break i hear a loud clunking sound coming from the front right. Also before this happened the car was noticeably pulling to the right under heavy breaking.

This is my first car and i really don't know that much about cars, but I'm trying to learn, and was wondering if i could get a heads up as to what may be the cause, mostly just in case the mechanic tries to scam me if they pick up on my ignorance. Also wondering if it's safe to drive until i can get it booked in... On the trip home after i hit the hole everything seemed to run perfectly fine and I've taken it to the shops once since then but I'm getting paranoid.

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You should jack your car up on stand then try to push the wheel back and forth with some force. If you have any movement then your radius rod bushing is "done" and that will give you a clunk sound when you try to take off or come to a stop. Also, take the wheel off to check suspension components since you mentioned something felt off after you hit the pothole. If you not sure what missing then take a look at the good side for reference. Good luck.
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Re: Clunking sound.

Thanks for the replies everyone. I have it booked in to get checked, but I'm still driving it while i wait and I'm starting to think there may be something wrong with the suspension. The clunking sound is still there, but now when i go over any kind of bumps or really rough surface it has started doing something new and i can hear something rattling around in the same area that the clunking is coming from. It only seems to happen while the car is cold though which is weird. The clunking happens much less frequently now too.

Hopefully suspension problems aren't too expensive to fix, especially considering i only just bought the car. I guess the seller did give me a set of lowered springs that i can put on if that is the problem, although i have trouble enough getting over speed bumps as it is with the body kit.
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