Hey guys, still pulling my hair out with the clunk on bumps when hitting them slowly.
So at this point I'm thinking it's either a.) middle motor mount, b.) strut/strut mounts or c.) R&P, meh I guess I'll throw in d.) sway bar links.
Middle motor mount
: Anyway to visibly check it without ripping everything apart? I was thinking the only real thing I could do is support the engine and try taking out the star(?) "insert" headed bolt to see if it's sheered like alot of people have problems with, and the only reason mine might be that way was due to the condition of the upper and lower mounts. I'll have to snap some pics of just how bad they were. heh
: Certain people/manufacturers (most likely trying to sell) say you should replace struts every 50k, I'm at 75k but car bounces back within 1-2 bounces... I'm going to see if I can pull down the plastic piece thats around the actual strut piston and see if there's any visible leaks behind it, but as far as anything visible currently, nothing. Bouncing on the car up/down same thing, returns within 1-2 hops. Only reason I would even possible think the struts/coils are bad is purely because of how little resistance there seems to be when pushing the car down? I don't normally play with struts to know if that's normal though.
Rack and Pinion
: Only reasons I would suspect that is because of the "click" sound if I "snap" the wheel to the LEFT, as well as "feeling" the clunk/bumps in the steering wheel (it's been about 4 months of problems at this point, so I might just not remember what it's supposed to feel like lol) but I'm fairly certain I shouldn't actually feel anything in the steering wheel, no? The other reason is because the clunk comes from both driver and passenger side as well.
Again, it's not every little bump, hell it's not even every big bump, which is why it's hair pulling. The only consistent thing about it, is that the clunk is only ever when going slow and hitting a bump, big or small.
Sway Bar Links
: I haven't gotten around to replacing them yet, and I guess it's just my luck thinking that it's not going to be a silly $16 fix. There's definitely no easy to tell play in the links, but I suppose that could also be why it's not every bump either.
Realistically the reason I don't think it's simply SBL's is because of the other symptoms, the "feel" in the steering wheel, and still the vibration at low engine idle since replacing the 3 (not pass middle) mounts.
So, with the sound coming from BOTH driver and passenger (depending on the bump, etc) that's what makes me want to rule out middle mount, BOTH struts and sway bar links. It would be alot easier trying to diagnosis it were it one side only.
I do still personally feel that the vibrations at idle and clunks over bumps and feeling it through the steering wheel is the same problem though. It's just frustrating as hell that 4 different mechanics (none charging diagnostic fee, most likely looking for those quick fixes obv) all say "can't find nothing".