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Have a 2008 lexus es 350 that makes a clunk (seems to be

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have a 2008 lexus es 350 that makes a clunk (seems to be from the front) when a slow then accelerate...mainly hear at low speeds. 127K miles 90% highway
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Customer: have a 2008 lexus es 350 that makes a clunk (seems to be from the front) when a slow then accelerate...mainly hear at low speeds. 127K miles 90% highway...happens even when I slow down on highway with engine breaking and accelerate
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. A slow clunk on turns could be a variety of things. Most common, a broken sway bar link is the prime offender. After that, worn lower A-arm bushings are common on higher mileage cars. There is a know problem with the bearing support plates (these fit on top of the front struts). Over time and miles, these things wear out and can cause a noise. We replace lots of them in the shop....those and sway bar links. A good front end shop would see the sway bar link and/or the a-arm bushings. The strut bearing supports require the struts to be removed. Base don experience, I would think the sway bar links or the sway bar bushings are your cause.

Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.

Please confirm that you have received my input. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No turning when I hear the noise. Its always driving straight
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.

Can you make it do it sitting still by putting it in gear, holding the brake and increasing the engine RPM? Then put in reverse and repeat?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
When I hold the brake shift and increase rpm, I can feel the engine pull toward the passenger side. My guess is motor mounts
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.

Very good observation. The engine should not deliver any feeling of movement. I would recommend replacement of all of the motor mounts.

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