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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2015, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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99 intrepid front end help

ok so I have a 99 intrepid 3.2 its the es model
2 months ago my car started making a noise in the front end every time I hit a small hole or bump in the road it would hit hard and also when I go to back up and give it some gas my car feels like it goes down in the front end like something is loose I took it to the garage and he replaced the ball joints and a few rubber bushings still didn't help so yesterday I took it to the garage and I told him to change the front struts he did he also replaced the strut bumper and it still does the same thing hits hard I asked him to check every thing in the front end he said all was tight he said its hard for him to replicate the force that the car has
does any one else know what I should look for?
im getting pretty desperate now ive spent like $500 in the front end

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I think it would be natural for the front of the car to dip down when reversing, similar to when the rear drops down when going forward.

I have a clunk that occurs sometimes when braking and sometimes when hitting a bump but just can't seem to track it down. Everything seems to check out fine and everything has been replaced at one time or another so, what else to do but live with it for now? Maybe a brake pad that doesn't fit quite right? It seems to drive fine. I plan on replacing the steering rack bushings for the 2nd time and the inner tie rod bushings for the 3rd time and we'll see what things are like then. Once your steering rack gets all leaky, these items just don't last.

Really though, the best thing to do is to safely put it up on some jackstands and check everything carefully. If something is that bad, you will probably be able to tell. A garage apparently doesn't have the incentive to accurately diagnose so they are probably just taking shots in the dark.
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Front end stuff that could go "clunk".... Sway bar bushings, these may look fine to the eye or even with a test with a pry bar, but it is deceiving, and have to taken apart to inspect. The sway bars links. Cradle mount bushings. Tie rod ends, both inner and outer. The rack and pinion mounts. Engine mounts. Autozone calls this strut rod bushingshttp://www.autozone.com/suspension-steering-tire-and-wheel/strut-rod-bushing-kit/dodge/intrepid/2004/6-cylinders-g-3-5l-sfi-ho. For the bar that connect the control arm to the chassis of the car.
A loose brake caliper. These are the thing I can think of to check off the top of my head.
One last thing. Form the struts, use OEM mounts only. After market can't seem to get those right.
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thanx for the reply I found out that my motor mount was bad and the first garage had put 60 lbs of air in my tire and that made my car hit hard when going over bumps but now I have another issue u guys know if there's a way to easily check electrical shortages my guage fuse keeps blowing on me
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I'm surprised the tire didn't blow due to double the pressure. Have it checked out to make sure it didn't develop any weak spots in the side wall or unusual tread wear. As far as the fuse blowing, best to follow the wiring diagram to see which wire it is. I'm better doing those in person than trying to explain on here. Someone else may pipe in on which wires to follow and to check.
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