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Old 06-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have about 8K on my 2011 OB Limited. I notice when I yank the steering wheel with any momentim to the end, as in lock to lock, there is a very distinct clunk. I have driven many many cars and suvs and never experienced this . Anyone else get this annoying sound? Seems to me there should be some sort of rubber bumper or dampining device to prevent this from happening. Do I need to see the dealer?
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I have about 14k on my 11 and have just started noticing that there is a distinct suspension or steering clunk (or sometimes clunks) happening when nearing lock with quick control inputs. I notice it when parking in parking lots and turning into my driveway. It sounds like a worn knuckle, bushing, etc. I am going to ask my dealer to check it out. You're right this isn't a noise we should be hearing in a new car.
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I haven't noticed anything on my MY '10 but I normally don't go lock to lock just for the **** of, especially while parked.

That being said, I said it once and got chewed out by someone on here, but I believe the front end of this car (steering, brakes on 2.5, and maybe strut towers) is under designed/ poorly engineered for this car.
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I have about 8K on my 2011 OB Limited. I notice when I yank the steering wheel with any momentim to the end, as in lock to lock, there is a very distinct clunk. I have driven many many cars and suvs and never experienced this . Anyone else get this annoying sound? Seems to me there should be some sort of rubber bumper or dampining device to prevent this from happening. Do I need to see the dealer?
I believe it's normal. Mine did it from day one. A very distinctive clunk on hard over. Very disconcerting. After 14K miles I rarely do it any more even when making a U-turn.

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That being said, I said it once and got chewed out by someone on here, but I believe the front end of this car (steering, brakes on 2.5, and maybe strut towers) is under designed/ poorly engineered for this car.
Uh-oh! Duck and Cover.
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I was taught very early to never hold the steering at full lock - that it was bad for the steering system. Are you guys having this clunk at full lock or just on aggressive turn to near full lock?
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Mine is just when steering reaches either limit when turning quickly. No other vehicle I've driven does this.
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mine does this nearing lock as well while pulling into a parking spot or into my turnaround in my driveway. I'd say it happens anywhere over 80% to lock on either direction, although I seem to hear it while turning right more often than left. I try not to hit lock either, I don't like to stress things in general. It is definitely not something that should be happening. this sound was always indicative of a problem on other cars I've owned.
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I have this also. To me it is worse with full turn and accelerating. Nothing I worry about.....that is what a warranty is for. Just drive it. Guys you realize this is an AWD vehicle and may be something to do with the diffs.
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I haven't noticed anything on my MY '10 but I normally don't go lock to lock just for the **** of, especially while parked.

That being said, I said it once and got chewed out by someone on here, but I believe the front end of this car (steering, brakes on 2.5, and maybe strut towers) is under designed/ poorly engineered for this car.
Nonsense.
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I thought about diffs/awd driveline making noise too but what concerns me is that my 09 forester, which is a very similar setup, has 35k on it and doesn't make any of these noises. I figure Ill have the dealer check it. If I find anything Ill try to remember to update this thread.
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