How Do You Fix A Car Making Clunking Noises?

Is your car making clunking noises and you are not sure what is going on? There are many different reasons why your vehicle may be making that noise ranging from engine or transmission problems to suspension and shock issues. In this post, we will list the more common causes, help you diagnose what the cause may be, and suggest repair options. If your car is making a clunking noise, make sure that you don't ignore it as it may be something quite serious. Putting off getting your vehicle checked out is simply not worth risking the safety of your family . If you would like expert help to diagnose and fix the problem, contact the trusted and experienced auto repair mechanics at Hansma Automotive.

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Possible Causes Of Your Car Making Clunking Noises

There are many different things that could be causing your car to make clunking noises. These include:

  • engine
  • transmission
  • tires
  • shock absorbers
  • ball joints

How To Diagnose A Car Making Clunking Noises

Go through the following steps to help you determine what might be the cause of your car making clunking noises.

Step 1: Determine Where The Noise Is Coming From

If you can figure out the general area where the clunking noise is coming from, then you will have a better chance of determining what the problem is. Open your windows and listen to see if the noise is coming from the front, back, left, or right side.

Step 2: Pull Over And Keep The Engine Running.

If the clunking continues while you are not moving then the problem is probably with the engine or the transmission.  Listen to the following video. If your car sounds like this then it may be the timing belt. If so, you should get it replaced immediately by a mechanic you can trust. The repair can cost between $500 and $1,000 but if you don't get it fixed, it may ruin your engine.

Step 3: Test Driving At Various Speeds

If the sound only happens at a specific speed then try driving at that speed in a different gear. If the sound stops then the problem may be in your transmission. Here is an entertaining video that will give you an idea about the sounds your car may make if you are having a transmission problem. Today's transmissions are very high tech, so if you think that you may be having a transmission problem, it's best to take it to a certified professional to fix it for you. Transmission repairs can range from a simple inexpensive fix to a very expensive repair especially if it needs to be replaced. For more information on transmission repair, click here.

Step 4: Inspect Your Tires

Your tires can also cause thumping noises. According to you should look at your tires to see if there are any cup-shaped wear patterns that look like some of the tire has been scooped out with a spoon. If there are, then this could mean that you have worn shocks or springs which you will need to have replaced. Learn more about shocks here.

Step 5: Drive Over a Bump

If you hear a light to moderate 'clunk' or 'pop' sound when you are going over bumps, then your shock absorbers may be wearing out. According to, you should get your shock absorbers fixed as your steering and brake systems will become less effective, increasing the possibility of a collision. If you think you are up to replacing your shocks, here is a helpful video to get you started. If not, you can get a professional to do it for you.

If the sound is more of a sharp popping or clanging sound that is accompanied by a banging that you can feel on the floor of the car, then it may be your ball joints. Ball joints are an important part of your suspension and if they wear out they can become a real safety issue. If you have ball joint failure, your wheel could become separated from your suspension which means you will totally lose control of your vehicle. Don't fool around with your ball joints, have them replaced by a professional or watch the following video if you want to learn how to do it yourself.

Still Clunking? Call Hansma

If your vehicle is still making that annoying clunking noise, and you aren't sure what it is, you should get it looked at. Leaving it could end up costing you more money than if you did a repair as soon as the problem occurred. For automotive repairs and service, contact the team at Hansma Automotive. At Hansma, we've built a solid reputation for being honest, trustworthy, and reliable. That's why our customers keep coming back. They never feel pressured and they always feel respected and well treated. Click here to make an appointment today.

Posted on November 18, 2017 .