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Old 24th November 2009   #1
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Steering Clunk

I have a 2002 Kangoo and when turning on full lock at slow speeds there is a clunk noise. If I turn the wheel in the opposite direction and move slowly it clunks again.

It does not make this noise when moving at normal speeds, although hitting the brakes at 60mph will make the steering wheel twitch and the car feels as if the front wheels want to turn and not go straight, but only during the second that the brakes are first pressed and the front suspension compresses, after that it brakes perfectly straight and feels OK.

I have had the garage look at this a few times now, the brakes have been renewed and are working correctly, they are not the cause of the clunk or the steering twitch.

Any ideas, the garage have given up?

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Hi
if the track rod ends and track rod arms have been checked as ok, it could be:

the thrust bearings in the top of the shocks
the lower arm (inc ball joint)
anti-roll bar linkages (sorry im not familier with kangoo layout for antiroll bar setup)

have they also checked the lower arm bolts/subframe bolts???

I had a occasional clunking issue with my laggy2 after they replaced the front lower arms(during a major suspension renewal.)
Although they tightened the bolts up to the right torque (didn't replace them though!) they were just lose enough (from being over stretched already) to allow slight movement (when under full load of the car on the road, as opposed to being suspended on a 2 post ramp) of the lower arms when turning lock at slow speed.
they had another two goes at really getting them tightened and the problem went away.

so it pays to replace the bolts when renewing main suspension parts.
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When the clunk occurs, I can feel as if something has moved on the front left hand suspension, if turn the wheel on full opposite lock, it will clunk again as if it is moving back into it's original position. This only occurs at walking speed on full or nearly full lock.

The garage claim to have checked everything, but although they cannot find the fault did admit that it can be felt when braking from m/way speeds.

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its lower arm or subframe bolts!
get them checked over, tightened up more or replaced.
get them to tighten them up with the car on a roll-on-roll off ramp (4 poster ramp, not the 2 post one with arms) the sub frame wont sit correctly unless its got the cars full weight on it when tightened up.
it will be a PITA for them as there wont be much room between the ramp and the car to work in and it will take 2 grease monkeys under there to get it tightened up properly as the tops of the bolts are hard to reach.
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Ive had a similair problem and it turned out to be lower wishbone mounts, not sure about the Kangoo but would suspect the set up will be similair. Try another garage or get a friend to turn the steering wheel while you look and feel round the suspension
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