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Hello and Thanks !

My 01 Forester has a fairly loud klunk in suspension. It happens when stepping on brake pedal, and when going over bumps in road (not braking).

I heard what I thought sounded like something slamming, it sounded (I think) close to firewall, as if (oh no) a rear engine mount was bad, but I'm not even sure it has a rear mount, However cannot be sure where that slam really is coming from. The slam is simultaneous with the klunk, maybe even is the same thing, not a separate sound


* Even with light pedal pressure.
* It also klunks when brake pedal is released, but not quite as loud and forceful.
* Steering wheel does not pull or jolt when it happens.
* Has new struts.
* If stomp hard on brake pedal, klunk becomes louder, like slam.


Also when (not braking) tires hit the road at bottom of a driveway ramp where road surface angle changes abruptly, or when tires hit the start of the same driveway ramp (going up).

Any & all help is appreciated !
 

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stone guard on the back of the brake coming in contact with something moving. such happens when the suspension articulates.

fix is to put it up on a lift, find the one that is "too close" and bend it back where it belongs.

I had one do all that on the right rear. (made a clanging noise, or a drum stick on a empty soda can,...loud though).

edit: and once the car gets up on a lift,...other things should be obvious.
 

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Front sway bar body side bushings or front sway bar end links is one thing to look at.

The front lower control arm has both a rear and inner bushing. I would check those out as well.
 

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Thanks very much guys !!!

This quote below was at no speed, just rolling down the ramp. Ramp has a lip where it meets road. That lip is maybe an inch or more above the road surface. I was surprised to hear the klunk then....(not braking).

...Also when (not braking) tires hit the road at bottom of a driveway ramp where road surface angle changes abruptly, or when tires hit the start of the same driveway ramp (going up).
 

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Update on Klunkety Klunk

Update: Well, I got a mechanic to put the 01 Forester on a lift. He showed me two Klunky things: 1) Control arm bushings are worn pretty bad. 2) ...and Tie rods need replacing. Torn boot, wiggly wheels. Honolulu prices: $550 for bushings. And then $450 for tie rods and alignment.
 

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Some replies went 'poof'...gone.

A few weeks ago, this thread had about 12 replies with great advice from esteemed members...Then yesterday I went to jot down the advice and only 3 replies remained. Whats up with that? I remembered most advice so no big deal. Just wondering why thread got partly amputated.....Cost-cutting measures? Advice for future member searchers apparently disappeared ?
 

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A few weeks ago, this thread had about 12 replies with great advice from esteemed members...Then yesterday I went to jot down the advice and only 3 replies remained. Whats up with that? I remembered most advice so no big deal. Just wondering why thread got partly amputated.....Cost-cutting measures? Advice for future member searchers apparently disappeared ?
I don't see anything missing at this time on my screen.
@administrator ? do you see anything ?
 

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I searched google for this same thread title, wondering if there was any cached versions.

and look what I found on USMB.

Klunkety Klunk when braking, and when... - 1990 to Present Legacy, Impreza, Outback, Forester, Baja, WRX&WrxSTI, SVX - Ultimate Subaru Message Board
http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/SubaruOutback_2014/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png Uh-Oh... Oh No... My bad ! SORRY ! Thanks for clearing that up ! Nowadays I sometimes sink to blaming Old Age and Oleo for some of my goofs, (even for flinging wild senile unfounded allegations across the world wide web)
 

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just go out and teach some dogs how to surf....or sail. (no getting eaten by sharks )
Roger, will do. Thats priceless surfing footage! Dogs are great. ....... Blaming Oleo came from the book Blue Highways: A Journey into America, by William Least Heat Moon. He collected stories in 1970s, traveling the back roads in a van ....... In one conversation about America going to a hot place in a handbasket, one old codger said something like "The way I see it, all our troubles began with Oleo". I liked that one. Makes sense in a way.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>From a review:............. He took this trip in the late 1970s, so the prices he mentions are a lot lower than the ones we see today. In addition, he met and talked with people who fought in or remembered World War I, which sounds a little jarring if you don't take the time into consideration. I also couldn't help wondering whether some of the places he visited still exist and what has happened to the rest. All the same, he shows us a recognizable America.
 
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