[Vwdiesel] front end noise

Roger Brown r.c.brown at ieee.org
Sun May 14 11:07:42 EDT 2006

Pam & Doug Boes wrote:
> I've done everything I can think of for the strut on the riders side but I
> still get "klunking" noises out of the riders side on rough pavement. I've
> decided to try looking in other places. First, I want to try the wheel
> bearing. I've searched the Bentley and the Haynes and they don't give much
> for diagnosing problems. I seem to remember that jacking the Caddy up and
> trying to rock the tire in the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock position will tell
> if the wheel bearing is shot (i.e., if there's movement the wheel bearing is
> bad). Rocking side to side (3 o'clock & 9 o'clock) is supposed to tell the
> condition of the tie rod end. Is this correct? There doesn't seem to be any
> problem with the steering other than it could probably use an alignment
> (drifts to the ditch when I let go of the wheel). 

Try the strut bearing:

If the bushing inside the bearing is too tall, you will get a clunking noise over bumps 
due to the play in the bearing.


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