Hi. If you could help me out so I have some information before I go for some repairs, I would greatly appreciate it!
The car: 2001 Dodge Caravan, V6, automatic, 2WD
The problem it has had since we bought it in 2002/3: clunking sound in the front end when going over every road irregularity. Constant.
The new problem that sounds really bad on top of this: turning the wheels produces a creaking sound, like a creaky door in a horror movie, when the car is either standing still or while driving.
Some service history:
- 2003: dealer replaced front sway bar links, no charge under warranty
- 2005ish: another garage replaced something in the front end, which also failed to get rid of the clunking noise.
- early 2007 (before creaking sound started): a mechanic doing other work said that he could fix the clunking sound. I think he said it was sway bar links, but not sure. (Did not have this done at the time.)
While I've grown used to the clunking, the creaking is a bit scary. Given the poor history with the clunking, I'd like to walk into a shop with some preparation. Can you help me out?