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Could a bad steering damper be the cause of an intermittent "clacking" type noise from the lower front end? I don't feel anything in the steering wheel when the noise happens, and the noise only seems to happen at <10miles per hr, sometimes at speedbumps and sometimes when I'm leaving/entering my driveway. I'm planning to buy a new one today anyway, but just wondered if I should expect this to cure the noise issue. Thanks.
 

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That won't solve your problem. I am having the same problem, and I changied my damper, but it didn't make a difference.
 

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What's the next item you plan to replace to try and fix it?
 

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You could just take it off temporarily, and see if your noise problem goes away. or, just replace it anyway... wouldn't hurt because it's cheap and easy to do; I just did it myself.
 

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I have the same problem with my CLK. I replaced the steering damper and drag link. Next on the agenda is to replace the weak lower control arm bushings with polyurethane ones.
 
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