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: Noise coming from front suspension!!!


phiggins24
10-09-2006, 04:04 PM
Anyone have any problems with their charger making a "clunking" noise from the front suspension when they hit small bumps??? The noise is intensified while cornering and hitting bumps. It can also be felt through the steering wheel. Can't tell if it's coming from the right or left side...When I drive it sounds like it's coming from the right, when I sit in the passenger seat it sounds like it's coming from the driver side. The noise is only noticed at lower speeds. Anyone ever heard or experienced anything like this from their charger???
Thanks

Ruff n Tuff RT
10-09-2006, 04:13 PM
hell yeah I tought it was just me

Ruff n Tuff RT
10-09-2006, 04:15 PM
every time you hit a sewer lid or little bumps
it sounds like metal to metal is hitting

phiggins24
10-09-2006, 04:19 PM
I hope someone has an idea of what the noise is.

Ruff n Tuff RT
10-09-2006, 04:21 PM
i hope, i had told the guy at the dealer and it seems like he didnt care

PREDZ
10-10-2006, 06:09 PM
I to have heard this, pisses me off:fuming: , I think it's a design thing. I have to drive over several speed humps at work and I just turn up the radio.:headbang: Dealer says, it's normal. BS.

zxe003
10-10-2006, 06:11 PM
I didn't start hearing it until I got my new suspension put in. I went back to the shop that did it, and he told me that the sways I had installed were a little loose. He tightened everything down and I haven't heard anything since.

a14umbra
10-10-2006, 06:32 PM
I had a 300M that did this when I got it. The dealer could find nothing wrong. After I had about 4000 miles in it, it just stopped and never did it again.
I trade the 300M for my Charger and sure enough the Charger did it. After about 4000 miles it stops and hasn't come back yet.

Go figure.

arfur
10-11-2006, 05:32 AM
.:headbang: Dealer says, it's normal. BS.
Where do these dealers get their training from??????

Noise when the suspension travels IS NOT NORMAL. Why is it that 40,000 vehicles can drive around without a noise like that and yours can't! They can't call it a 'trait' as I have spoken to numerous Charger owners and they don't have suspension noises! Therefore, this would indicate to me that this is FAR FROM NORMAL!!! A noise almost invariably is the result of something being wrong somewhere - the difficulty is finding it - and that's where the problem lies.

It's the same thing for the Charger brake pad screaching issue. I don't buy DC's response that it is because of semi-metallic friction material, because if this were normal every damn Charger on the road would do it - all of them. Now, as a vehicle designer and manufacturer, if a system problem (material) is resulting in an issue, something should be done to make it a non-issue - which is what DC must have done WRT brake noise as the majority of Chargers don't have it!!!!! Therefore, those that do have a defective noise cancelling system at the very least!!!!!

Do not lay down over these things - I am getting fed up with posts where dealers say things 'are normal' when it is complete BS! :confused:

silversrt8charger
10-11-2006, 12:25 PM
my noise is in the front pass. side. had the dealer look & found nothing... he said drive it for awile & he will look at the sway bar area. he did check the strut & it was ok.

TorRed Daytona
10-11-2006, 03:29 PM
This might sound crazy guys, but check your brakes and rotors. They can cause a a thumpbing sound if they are going. Mine was making a noise that I think you have described around 600 miles, the rotors were grooved pretty bad, repaired and it stopped. I am however having the rotors replaced again right now at 7600 miles, but did not notice if the noise was back or not. Check out my new thread about rotors and brakes, VERY IMPORTANT> If you check the rotors on your cars and they have a "PREMATURE GROOVING" as Chrysler had put it, add your name to the thread. Even if its a slight groove, put your name on the list, then go directly to a dealer. We need to get this addressesd!!

giznome
10-11-2006, 04:41 PM
my noise is in the front pass. side. had the dealer look & found nothing... he said drive it for awile & he will look at the sway bar area. he did check the strut & it was ok.

Dealer told me it was normal and that "they all did it". They took me for a ride in a brand new charger, and said "hear it?? there it is". I didn't here a thing!! I've called the service manager and left messages, but no call backs. I need to find a decent service dept in san diego.

arfur
10-11-2006, 05:23 PM
Dealer told me it was normal and that "they all did it". They took me for a ride in a brand new charger, and said "hear it?? there it is". I didn't here a thing!! I've called the service manager and left messages, but no call backs. I need to find a decent service dept in san diego.
Mine makes absolutely no knocking/clunking noise - maybe I'm the one with the fault! :confused:

The only noise I get when going over the bumps is the hissing of the gas dampers - which is perfectly normal.

TonyV
10-12-2006, 10:03 AM
I have the same problem but it didn't start until I installed my new springs. I thought it might be the upper control arm bushings that got damaged taking the front apart. Mine only happens on pretty big bumps and it sounds like metal on metal. I am really puzzeled now on what it could be.

phiggins24
10-12-2006, 11:05 AM
This might sound crazy guys, but check your brakes and rotors. They can cause a a thumpbing sound if they are going. Mine was making a noise that I think you have described around 600 miles, the rotors were grooved pretty bad, repaired and it stopped. I am however having the rotors replaced again right now at 7600 miles, but did not notice if the noise was back or not. Check out my new thread about rotors and brakes, VERY IMPORTANT> If you check the rotors on your cars and they have a "PREMATURE GROOVING" as Chrysler had put it, add your name to the thread. Even if its a slight groove, put your name on the list, then go directly to a dealer. We need to get this addressesd!!

This is exactly what the dealer just told me over that phone that was making my clunking noise!!! I can't believe rotors need to be replaced at 24000 miles. I'm definitely going to put my name on the thread.

vitamind
10-17-2006, 07:40 PM
I just passed 1000 miles and have been noticing this same thing recently. It only happens (or I can only hear it) when I turn right at slowish speeds (around 20mph). I have lowered my RT with the Eibach prokit and assumed the had something to do with that. It sounds BAD. Definitely metal clicking/hitting on metal. Sounds like is is coming from the center of the front of the car (not the near the brake rotors). Anyone figure this out yet? Taking my car to the dealer tomorrow to have it looked at.

skeletonizer
10-17-2006, 07:46 PM
Mine makes absolutely no knocking/clunking noise - maybe I'm the one with the fault! :confused:

The only noise I get when going over the bumps is the hissing of the gas dampers - which is perfectly normal.

arf your dampers (or is it pampers) are always hissing. They are shocks my good man, shocks.

:tongue:

36 chambers
10-17-2006, 08:13 PM
ok guys had the same noise on my 07and it was aloose sway bar link check it out

95ttoplt1
10-18-2006, 04:34 PM
Some have reported that changing the Tension struts fixed this.

Other have had the exhaust hitting a crossmember underneath. Just more things to check.

vitamind
10-18-2006, 08:41 PM
I took my RT to the dealer today and long story short, there was:
1. a bunch of stuff that needed tightening under there. He rambled off some stuff but it wasn't on my printed receipt, so I can't remember off hand
2. my MOPAR CAI was rubbing and hitting on something when the car bounced around
3. my car is lowered on the eibach prokit (tho still with the stock RT 18" wheel for the time being) and he said the tire was rubbing my wheel well a bit so they cut some out to make more room

The MOST important thing they said was despite the service manager walking by and seeing my car lowered with the MOPAR CAI and telling his crew that none of my work was covered under warranty *cough jerk cough*, they didn't charge me a penny. Believe, I brought those guys dozens of donuts when I came to pick up my car. I'd gladly pay $20 in donuts rather than $860 in labor (they fixed everything). I'd write a letter thanking them if I didn't think it would get them in trouble.

b3brands
10-19-2006, 10:24 AM
I just took mine in for the same thing. THe noise can be duplicated if you turn the steering all the way, then give it a jerk. I think it has to do with something int he power steerring. I will let you know if there is anything from the dealer.

cdn sxt
10-22-2006, 10:58 PM
had mine looked at for the same problem. Took them 3 times to find and admit they heard it. They replaced my rack and pinion . Apparently it was a worn bushing on the rack and pinion gear . It did work maybe you could suggest this to your dealer.