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Clunky noise in steering components - covered?

geoffmanley

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Aug 7, 2018
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219
Porter Ranch, CA
I have noticed that when I turn the wheel sharply to turn into a driveway I can hear a fairly loud clunking noise presumably from the steering components. It sounds like it may need a new bushing or something. Is that something that would be covered under the extended warranty?
 

Benjanos

Member
Jul 20, 2018
194
155
Switzerland
Is this noticed only on wet surface or dry as well?

This is an interesting question. When on hard lock my cars front wheels seem to be fighting each other like there is a limited slip diff in the front of the car (which I don't think there is). It's like the car tries to turn both wheels the same amount even though it cant because of the slow sharp turn. It's very evident at work, we have a polished floor in the garage. In particular if it is wet/slippery, when turning hard around the garage one of the front wheels will slip and "clunk" to release the pressure.

Don't know if others have ever sensed the same. I could get someone to take a video of it happening to really prove my theory I suppose.
 

KalJoMoS

Member
Aug 11, 2019
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EETN, EST
I was just referring to OP post that it was detected on a driveway and if there is leaves and some humidity on the ground (similar to @Benjanos description of polished floor) then this is quite normal. One thing to notice this will be evident only with summer tires
 

Benjanos

Member
Jul 20, 2018
194
155
Switzerland
@KalJoMoS. Do you know what causes this? Something mechanical in the car or perhaps the Traction Control being over excited?

BTW, literally a few minutes after my post, I drove out of my driveway at home (turned hard or a rain soaked road) and it also did the gripping/clunking/slipping sound thing. I chuckled and went on my way.

Oh and yes I still have summer tires on. Does the car know if it has winter tires and behave differently?
 

KalJoMoS

Member
Aug 11, 2019
427
223
EETN, EST
I can only suggest that the rubber of summer tires “looses” grip in colder weather (below 44F/7C) and if you mix this with water or other natural debris on pavements (like leaves of tree or plants) your sharp direction changes on slow speed “jumps” suddenly giving you unexpected sounds from suspension section. If this ONLY occurs on slow speed, you are fine. If not, have it inspected.
And what is different if using winters tires is that this rubber compound grips much better with cold temp. Better to look other discussions here in TMC about why to change for winter tires...
 

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