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Hi All, I've had my 1997 C280 for about 3 months so far. Great car, it has about 150k miles on it. I have noticed a "clunk" from both sides of the front suspension. It is most noticable at low speed when going over small abrubt ridges in the road. The car steers and tracks well well with no shaking. I recently replaced both lower ball joints, but it still clunks. Any suggestions on what I should check? Thanks
 

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imagine a beer keg shrunk down to 4inches. these are pressed into the lower control arms themselves
 

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And don't forget the suspension test where you give a good push down on each corner of the car. The car should bounce right back up and stay up without wobbling. If it bounces repeatedly, then you'll have to investigate further.
 

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I know just how annoying these clunks can be.

You have received a few good suggestions including control arm bushings and swaybar bushings.

Also consider:

tie rod ends.

There is a good post about control arm bushings here somewhere - I'll search for it for you.
 

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I know just how annoying these clunks can be.

You have received a few good suggestions including control arm bushings and swaybar bushings.

Also consider:

tie rod ends.

There is a good post about control arm bushings here somewhere - I'll search for it for you.
mine were noticeably bad when i would pull out of a parking space first thing in the morning and then i would press on the brake to stop the car and then go foward. when i braked in reverse you would hear a clunk. it was my lower control arm bushings.
 

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mine were noticeably bad when i would pull out of a parking space first thing in the morning and then i would press on the brake to stop the car and then go foward. when i braked in reverse you would hear a clunk. it was my lower control arm bushings.
+1 - almost guaranteed!!

Oberoi
 
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