Notices
Brakes & Suspension 350Z stoppers, coils, shocks/dampers
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Loud Clunk when braking

Old 01-15-2019, 12:18 PM
  #1  
Harbison
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Texas
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Loud Clunk when braking

I recently changed the front forward lower ball joint and lower control arm as well as the tie rod end (all stock). With everything reinstalled and torqued, I get a LOUD clunk when I apply the brakes, even at very low speed (driveway). This occurs when moving forward but not when moving backward. I checked the calipers and brake pads. There is no play in the wheel in any direction. Nothing seems loose. This problem wasn't there before. Any ideas? I've searched the forums and internet but haven't found an answer.
Harbison is offline  
Old 01-15-2019, 12:34 PM
  #2  
i8acobra
Registered User
iTrader: (6)
 
i8acobra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 5,296
Liked 598 Times in 471 Posts
Default

When you replaced the balljoints, did you swap the cones from the old joints to the new? Most balljoints don't come with cones.
i8acobra is offline  
Old 01-15-2019, 12:35 PM
  #3  
Harbison
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Texas
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

The new ball joint came with a new cone. The control arm and ball joint were both OEM replacements.
Harbison is offline  
Old 01-15-2019, 05:01 PM
  #4  
Chihuahuamaster
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: US
Posts: 98
Liked 24 Times in 19 Posts
Default

Did you make sure to torque everything down with the suspension compressed?

I would just double check that everything is installed correctly; bushings, crown nuts with washers, etc...

If that's not it, could be your compression arm/ rod, or sway bar end-links. I had a similar clunk when going over bumps, it was my end-links.
Chihuahuamaster is offline  
Old 01-16-2019, 12:59 AM
  #5  
RobPhoboS
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 339
Liked 27 Times in 24 Posts
Default

I guess it's the compression rod/arm.
If you're lucky its the bushing end, if not, time to replace it/them.
RobPhoboS is offline  
Old 01-31-2019, 09:12 PM
  #6  
JBJ
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 130
Liked 16 Times in 13 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Chihuahuamaster View Post
Did you make sure to torque everything down with the suspension compressed?

I would just double check that everything is installed correctly; bushings, crown nuts with washers, etc...

If that's not it, could be your compression arm/ rod, or sway bar end-links. I had a similar clunk when going over bumps, it was my end-links.

I had the same thing. It was sway bar end links as mentioned above.
JBJ is offline  
Old 02-07-2019, 06:34 AM
  #7  
GEveryday
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Maine
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I get that clunk too on my G; it's the compression rod balljoint in my case. Also causes very slight "floatiness" going on/off throttle as caster shifts on the front left wheel.
GEveryday is offline  
Old 02-16-2019, 11:26 AM
  #8  
doyle4281
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NJ
Posts: 108
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Iím dealing with the very same problem on a g35x sedan, exact description word for word. The sway bar endlink was broken, replaced, same sound. The upper ball joint was bad, replaced arm, same sound. Iíve inspected the compression rod joints and low control arm joints, they appear fine. I think I may try to disconnect them from the knuckle next to be sure.
doyle4281 is offline  
Old 02-17-2019, 06:40 PM
  #9  
GEveryday
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Maine
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

It's the compression rod ball joints if you KNOW everything else is new. You can't find the play when it's all together, by the time mine started clunking on braking I had maybe 1/16" in of vertical play. It was pretty bad.
GEveryday is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Tackett
Maintenance & Repair
29
07-03-2012 08:06 PM
nbdyfcnsqnc
Brakes & Suspension
29
10-16-2009 03:52 AM
zrdude
Maintenance & Repair
0
07-07-2005 03:09 PM
Dissolved
Maintenance & Repair
20
12-29-2003 07:01 AM
ricks350z
Maintenance & Repair
0
11-20-2003 05:17 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Loud Clunk when braking


Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: