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Old 09-15-2009, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Loud Clunking sound on driver side front wheel area?

Hello,

I've got an '85 190E 2.3 that's in decent shape and I'm considering putting a rebuilt transmission in, but now the front wheel area on the driver side makes this loud clunk every time I drive over a pot hole or hit a bump. Any ideas?
I'm hoping it's the shock (which I have not replaced in 100,000K), but could it be tie rods, ball joints, or something costly along those lines?

Also, how much would it cost me to have a rebuilt transmission put in?
I had some quotes in the $2500 - 3000 range, is that about accurate?
I just don't want to make any payments, and I can't buy much for $2000.

Other than the transmission, is there anything (i.e. expensive) that I might be looking to replace on a car this old with 150,000 miles?

I just want to make a logical choice, so thanks for your comments!!!
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pot Holes - most likely the rubber bushing on the sway bar as it goes through the frame. Easy to fix and cheap at Autohaus.az

Let's see, drivers side. Crank the wheel as far as you can to the right and look for a bar.

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Old 09-15-2009, 06:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If it's only on bumps, I would also check out the top strut mount. Where the shock mounts to the body, accessible through the hood.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can check if its the tie rods by jacking up car and seeing if the tire would wiggle when you move it left and right. Ball joints wiggle up and down so if you have that motion thats what it is. The clunk could be your old shocks bottoming out too. I had that clunk sound when I hit big pot holes hard by accident. It would rattle the chassis. Finally changed out the shocks to Bilstein Heavy Dutys.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'll say strut mount also.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'll say strut mount also.
Good call! I forgot about that one. When the bearing inside the mount seizes it can make that popping sound as well.
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There's no bearing inside the strut mount. It's just 2 pieces of metal and a big chunk of rubber. When the rubber breaks down and starts separating, there's the clunking noise from the bottom mount hitting the top of the mount.
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Thank you for all the responses!!! I will have the car looked at this weekend and I'll let everyone know.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Chow bow you are right. I got it mixed up with my 1991 BMW 325i that had bearings inside the mounts. 190Es dont. Just a solid chunk of rubber.
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Hello,

I've got an '85 190E 2.3 that's in decent shape and I'm considering putting a rebuilt transmission in, but now the front wheel area on the driver side makes this loud clunk every time I drive over a pot hole or hit a bump. Any ideas?
I'm hoping it's the shock (which I have not replaced in 100,000K), but could it be tie rods, ball joints, or something costly along those lines?

Also, how much would it cost me to have a rebuilt transmission put in?
I had some quotes in the $2500 - 3000 range, is that about accurate?
I just don't want to make any payments, and I can't buy much for $2000.

Other than the transmission, is there anything (i.e. expensive) that I might be looking to replace on a car this old with 150,000 miles?

I just want to make a logical choice, so thanks for your comments!!!
I don't know where you are but I got a great transmission overhaul in the Dallas, Tx area for $1570.
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