questionswhat's wrong with my car now?

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I had a similar issue earlier this year, damned if I can remember what the parts were called. If I can find my service invoice later I will let you know (it was in the front end in my case)

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based on what I could find online in regards to what I had repaired...I think it was the sway bar

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I'm not a mechanic, but If I was trying to figure this out I would call in to CarTalk or ask on the CartTalk community forums: http://community.cartalk.com/categories/all

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is it happening while you idle? is it a continuous noise or is it one sound when you start and one sound one time that happens upon start (cranking or when you push the gas?), stop and left turning? If it's a continuous thud while turning it could be a CV joint, need more info to start to guess.

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Sounds like uv joints. is it front wheel drive?

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It's when I take off (foot on gas), brake, and turn.

Yes, front wheel drive.

2003 Sebring Convertible

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I agree, sounds like a CV joint. And if it happens when your turning left, then it's likely the driver's side joint that's going bad. When a CV joint is going bad, it shifts with the weight of the car (i.e. when you accelerate, stop or turn). And it usually sounds like a loud clunk when the joint settles back into place.

It's usually about a $200 or so repair ($80 for the part, $120 for labor).

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@thunderthighs: mine was a 2004 Neon and I too agree that it might be CV Joint (all those things are in the same area)

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Sorry to hear about your car @thunderthighs: .

I have nothing to add but good luck.

edit: Try pushing on the front of the car over the front wheel and see if it still thunks.
Try turning when the car is parked.

Good Luck!

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@thunderthighs: "2003 Sebring Convertible"

Well, there's your problem! My father-in-law has the same car. He said he has spent more on repairs than he did in payments, insurance, and gas combined. For some reason though, he claims he still loves the car

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@capguncowboy: It's been a good car. It's just now really starting to show its age. I have no complaints from it.

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I've got the same problem with my car right now. CV joints, though I've seen two other things cause it (one was on this car). A busted motor mount (causes undue binding on the CV joints) and a bad strut.

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If it is a CV joint it'll keep getting louder and faster and start happening throughout your entire turning movement. It's not broken exactly so don't rush to have to replaced. They usually last a long time after this starts but it can be annoying and a bit embarassing (if things like that bother you). It could cost up to about $400 depending on a lot of things. Location being the number one factor. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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Another vote for the CV joint.

For more reading:
http://www.samarins.com/glossary/cv_joint.html

How many miles on the car anyways? In any case, check the other side too - if that one is still intact, consider getting it repacked. If it's torn up already and lost its grease, consider replacing it "while you're at it".

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Once again, I'm amazed at the vast knowledge of members here. I know nothing of which you speak, but it's good to hear that there are some who know a lot about cars. ...And are more than willing to share this.

Do know that I had a problem w/my car's battery dying. Took it in, explained problem. Answer: Your battery is okay. So is the electrical system. It was not. Battery replaced. Problem solved... Solved, that is, until the heat in Florida essentially 'killed' that battery 3 years later. By then I was aware of the dying battery syndrome. Ditto tires. They rot; not wear out.

Again, thanks to all! It warms the cockles of my heart. <---no comment on that, please. ;-)

Best of luck TT. Dontcha hate it when your car isn't quite right?

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Thanks for all the ideas. I'm gonna check my service contract to see if the CV joints are covered. If so, I'll get them looked at soon. Y'all rock!

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You can always come buy a new one from me!!

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@thunderthighs: Don't be surprised if it's not covered. It's one of those things designed to wear out so other's don't get damaged. Plus, they take a lot of wear and tear as you drive.

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@thunderthighs : Did you take this car on vacation with you ?
Maybe the problem is that it doesn't want to be back at work yet. : )

Hope you had a nice time off. Welcome back !

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Agreed with others, CV joint or sway bar bushings. Neither are huge jobs, thankfully.

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@caffeine_dude: I haven't had time to get it to them yet. I'm hoping maybe after work tomorrow and just leave it with them. If not, then next week.

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@ceagee: Oh goodness no. I flew to Savannah where son goes to college and then we drove a rental from there to OH and WI. Then flew home. And we had a wonderful time riding roller coasters and visiting family.

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They've determined that it's the

Lower control arms
Sway bar end links

Not covered by my service plan (of course) and about $1800 to fix. Not putting any more into this car so I guess it's car shopping time.

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@thunderthighs: sorry to hear, at least I and others were close in our assements (sway bar issues and CV Joint issues), you just got the expensive parts of those areas