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Old 05-20-2011, 08:21 PM
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"clanking" noise when hitting medium + sized bumps

Today I was driving with my windows down and noticed a clanking noise coming from under my cab. So, I turned my stereo down could here it even better and determined that it only occurred when I hit a significant bump in the road (small pothole). I thought it was something to do with my spare tire. When I got home looked but it was nice and secure with no play. I thought maybe bumper or tailgate but both were fine. I looked under the truck, but couldn't climb under cause I was dressed for work, and couldn's anything metalic hanging loose. Any suggestions? Ps I have also noticed a rattle day to day while driving over bad streets.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:28 PM
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Could be ball joints. Do a quick search for threads.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:36 PM
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Sorry. I have a 2002 Supercrew with the 4.6l V8.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:38 PM
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body mounts?
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:40 PM
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How would I go about checking the ball joints or the body mounts?
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:52 AM
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Quick update: I after work I got on my rear bumper, and started jumping. At first there was no noticable noise but once I really got the back end moving up and down I heard what sounded like a bell when the truck would be at it's lowest point. I tried getting the front end to do the same but I didn't want to jump let alon stand on my front bumper.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:56 AM
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My GF's car was doing that over bumps and it turned out one of the sway bar end links was gone.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:28 AM
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Update: yesterday, I got under the truck while a friend jumped on the bumper. Turns out I have a broken left rear shock. Thanks for all the help everyone.

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my upper control arms flex out and rub on my coil overs
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