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What's Wrong With My Brakes?

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Troubleshooting Brake Problems - Clunking Sounds
Brakes Make a Clunking Sound. Sounds that go "clunk" are generally not good sounds. This is true for brakes. A clunk means something down there needs to be fixed:

 

  • Something is Loose: If any of the bolts that hold your brakes together or attach them to the suspension are loose, the brakes will clunk as they shift slightly when you apply the brakes. Inspect your bolts and nuts to be sure everything is tight.
  • Worn or Broken Suspension Components: Any number of worn suspension parts can cause vibrations. Worn ball joints, a bad steering rack, worn tie rod ends, a bad wheel bearing or upper strut bearing, and even a bad front strut could cause it. Start checking.
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