Stupid clunking continues after rebuild of front suspension
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    Stupid clunking continues after rebuild of front suspension

    I knew I needed new struts when this clunking started, and my mechanic friend suggested we just rebuild the front suspension, given the age of the car and the fact that we were removing a lot of it to do the struts anyway. Changed out struts, control arms, ball joints, end links. Car still clunks.

    Later, I changed the front sway bar bushings, and the noise quieted down briefly. After breaking a bolt, and getting that resolved, I finally changed the rears as well, and saw only a brief improvement again.

    So I still have that dreaded 1st gen clunking sound. Sounds like it comes from the front driver's side for the most part. While I think the front bushings I put on were of lower quality than the rears, and was going to go ahead and order a new set for the front, I have a feeling that's not the issue.

    So, the real question: is it possible that the rear end links going out could cause a clunk that sounds like it's coming from the front end?

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    Hello,

    i´ve got the same problem since i bought this car last year.

    Nearly every part of the left side is changed now (sorry, if i dont´t use the right word)

    - head of the track rod

    - coupling rod

    - the lower rubber seat from wheel suspension (close to the wheel)

    - drive shaft

    - brakes (discs and brake linings)

    - the rubbers of the stabilizer bar

    I don´t think that it comes from the back. I already thought that somebody forgot his tool somewhere in the car. Now i see, that i´m not alone.

    In the next days i will go and ask ADAC (like your AAA) or Honda directly.

    If i will get some Information, i will let you know...

    Greetings from Cologne! (where the crazy carneval days just started )

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    Greetings from New Orleans, where we're gearing up for our own Carnival!

    If you find out anything, I sure would appreciate your posting it, and I'll be sure to do the same. I hope to get another look under it after Mardi Gras.

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    C:ReV, what grade strut did you use when you replaced them? I've put new struts on cars that were noisy AF.

    Rhine River, Guten Tag mein Freund. I was in Nürnberg last September visiting my girlfriend's family. Had lots of fun! If you have replaced all of those things on one side. You may as well go ahead and replace it all on the opposite side too.
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    On my other car (a non-Honda) I had the clunking noise. It turned out the weld gave out on one of the flanges on a section of the exhaust pipe and the pipe is swaying/vibrating and hitting the broken flange still bolted to the frame in some driving conditions.

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    We put quick struts on the car, but this noise actually predates that work. Right now I'm thinking I need to double check the end links and sway bar bushings, as well as the tie rod ends. I've got to get the timing belt changed out, and I'll probably ask the shop to check my motor mounts while they're at it.

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    Those small motor mounts in the front of the engine bay are probably shot. But I'm not sure how much noise they would make if they were broken. I can't see where they do much.
    -Brent

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    Hello to the United States,

    C:ReV: I´ve been to New Orleans a few years ago. Very nice area!

    BDub: I ´ve also been to Nürnberg, two times in 2015, it´s a little bit closer for me Most of the parts i changed on the left side are also changed on the other side.

    I asked the people from ADAC (AAA) and they told me to check the dome from the shock absorber. I will ask in a garage nearby, were you can repair your car by yourself and they help you, if you need some help.

    Do you know the repair manual? I found it on a german crv-forum. It helped me several times. You can print the sides you need and start to reapair but i won´t do everything on the car.
    You find it on crv-forum.de, 1st generation, 11th entry.

    After carnival, when the shops are open again, i will go and ask the Honda-Dealer.

    Greetings
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    Well, after all that, it turns out the answer was quite simple:

    My front driver's side stabilizer link wasn't quite tightened fully. Maybe half a turn, maybe less. Tightened it up, and the clunk is completely gone.

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    Thanks for the follow up.

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