A clunking noise gets our attention, for sure. No doubt, your heart went The issue here could actually be a number of things. A few common reasons for a front end clunk are:
- ball joints
- tie rod
- sway-bar links
- universal joints or U-joints
Let’s take a look at the universal joint or U-joint, as a probable cause.
Your vehicle’s driveshaft is connected: to the—axles; your axles
are connected: to the— u-joints…Does that tune sound familiar?
Your vehicle’s driveshaft does not connect to the axles at exactly 90 degrees, therefore, U-joints are required. They act as flexible pivot points. This allows two shafts to rotate at nearly the same speed regardless of the angle without breaking.
the location of a U-joint
Universal joints are a critical link between your car’s driveshaft and axles. If these joints break, there’s no way to get power from the transmission to the wheels, and you’ll need to have your car towed.
under-car view of U-joint
Don’t let this happen to you! Call Brian, our service writer, and make an appointment to diagnose the exact cause of the clunking noise and have it repaired properly in a timely fashion.
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