Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 14:48:03 GMT
From: "Keith Grider" <>
Subject: Re: NOT upper and lower ball joints -- what is the clunk?

JW, what kind of clunking is it? When does it occur? over bumps, at speed, parking lot maneuvers high speed maneuvering? What year 900 is it? How did he 'check' the ball joints. If it is a c900, you have to support the upper a-arm with spacers and disconnect the sway bar to see if the ball joints have slop. You say he is a Saab mechanic,but if he is not familiar with Saabs, he may not know this. For that matter, a local shop could not determine that my dad's ball joints were worn on his 9000 with a standard macpherson strut type suspension! could it be: if it is a NG900, it may be: Just trying to be of help, Keith Grider "jw" <> wrote in message > wrote: > > > getting clunking sounds when steering, I'd look in the direction of CV > > joints. > > This is getting mysterious. My Saab mechanic inspected the front > end, and said it's definitely not the ball joints, which are, in his > words, "tight as a bull's ass." He said it's not the CV joints, > because they wouldn't be making that kind of clunk over bumps. > > He said he *did* notice that the engine was resting on the two > braces running front to back under the engine, which was due to me > bottoming out, and that might be clunking. He pried the braces away > from the engine, but it's still clunking. Strut mounts and motor > mounts are fine. > > Maybe at 119K on the clock I'll just have to live with a slight > clunking in the front end but I'd still like to get the CV joints checked. > > Thanks for all the replies, > > -jw

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