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Old 08-10-2013
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Front End Clunk Sound

I'm new to the forum, and I am seeking help in diagnosing an issue with my2007 Ford Ranger 4x4 sport super cab.
The symptoms are: Whenever I start to move the truck either in reverse or forward my truck will clunk twice in the front end on the passenger side. So far, I've had the calipers off thinking they were sticking (wasn't it). Then I 've beaten the rust off of the caliper brackets and the rotors thinking the brake pads might be tight and sticking (wasn't it)
I tried the 4x4 to be sure it engages and it still does. It is definelty something rotational.
Any thoughts on the possibilities as to what it might be?
I'm trying to avoid a major operation on my truck to figure it out, but I might have to bite the bullet and Do it.
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Check your front driveshaft. Put it in park and try to spin the front shaft. It it has any motion then you need new U joints.
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I changed both front anf back u joints last year.the noise isn't the same but I 'll certainly check it out anyway.
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Also, check the bushings on the shocks. The top bushings/grommet things can tear sometimes and then the shock can move around.
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Best advice I could give is get the truck up on jackstands and start checking everything in the front end and rear end. Make sure nothing's loose or disconnected. Check the front hubs and cv shafts.
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Similar to the shock recommendation, perhaps a torsion link pin is worn or broken
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That sure sounds like your control arm bushings are shot.

Probably the upper control arm bushings but you normally hear the "clunk" when braking at a very slow speed (under 5mph) and hitting the brakes. But it's the same forces at play when you accelerate.

A clunk = looseness in the suspension components.
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Soooo basically it could be anything.
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Soooo basically it could be anything.
Anywhere "play" develops with miles and time. My B2300 had only 38.5K miles on it yet the ball joint boots were shot, and outer tie rods were loose.

A Clunk is normally two forged metal components hitting against each other.
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