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Old 12-16-2007, 01:22 PM
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ford escape front end noise

ok everyone I need some help. My sons 2001 escape is makeing noise in the front end when he drives over even the smallest bump or crack in the road. its makes a bang or clunck like sound. yes the struts are good and nothing seems to be lose on top mounts or on bottom. yes a arms check out ok too. wheel alignment is ok. steering responce is good no wounder or free play in steering. everything I looked at is fine but it still makes noise on bumps. any help on what to look for that can cause this would be appre. thanks
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:51 PM
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What about engine mounts? Some front wheel drive cars also have some mounts for the transmission. The slightest bump in the road is enough to shift it around.
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:48 PM
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Justen I didn't think about the motor mounts. do you know how much play would be in the mounts if they are bad and wouldn't the motor bang the fire wall if they are bad under heavy acceleration on smoth rd.? thanks
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:52 PM
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There maybe a tad amount of play. But shouldn't be a real lot. Some of those engine mounts also have rubber bushings. When the rubber or sometimes polyurethane wear out you get clunk sounds. Even a worn out engine mount still won't hit the firewall, but still have a clunk sound to it. The engine should be able to shift a tad but not alot. If the engine can do some serious rocking then I definitely would change the mounts.
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:38 AM
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This requires two people to check. Pop the hood, start the car in neutral, then watch the engine when you put it in gear. Your engine is going to rock a little even with good engine mounts but if you see an inordinant amount of movement that should clue you into a bad engine mount. (you may even hear the clunk or see space where there shouldn't be if the mounts are really bad and visible)
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:06 PM
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did you look at the sway bar bushings?the bolt may not be snapped off yet but the rubber bushing could be gone and this would give you a clunk or bang when he hits a bump do you have ramps? if you do put on the ramps so you can get under the car and have your son bounce it up and down to see if you can make it do it this is the only to have equal load on the front end and make it work the same as going down the road. and check the the torque dampener ford used to use them to soften the rocking of the engine when you hit a bump or the trans shifts good luck
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