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2009 Chrysler T and C limited, I have a clunk when shifting

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2009 Chrysler T and C limited, I have a clunk when shifting from park to drive or reverse, it use to be more of a click but has become louder, I can feel it on my feet, also with front end jacked up I have about an inch of rotation of tires
JA: Where exactly do you think the noise is coming from? And how long has this been going on?
Customer: Front end drivers side, start about a month ago but has got worse or louder lately
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Can fix my self, tried nothing yet
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: There is a kind of whining at high speeds and sound increases with faster speeds, I did replace wheel bearing hubs last fall, I did check those and they are tight
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

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there is a technical bulletin of the front trans mount at the radiator area. first an inspection of the mount of flex and sloppyness. also the rear if the flex is excessive the mounts needs to be replaced first before diagnosing internal transmission issue.

how are the mounts ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I checked motor and transmission mounts and they are good
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

what i would like for you to do is to loosen the mount bolt from the bracket to the mount and then retorque the mount and then retry to see if the clunk is still there

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did retorque mount bolts and still there, I had some help tonight and had him listen while I shifted, metallic clunk appears to be right near tire and hub, thinking maybe outer CV joint, I did heard it today a few time when taking off from stop sign. Does that sound right? CV joint? But I don't hear it making turns
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

is the vehicle awd?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Front wheel drive
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

there is no cv joint in the rear . so it has to be a brake or something loose in the rear like a shock , spring broken etc....

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I didn't say rear, it is the front drivers side, front wheel drive Chrysler mini van
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

my fault. i have read your explaination the wrong way!!

if you lift the side that you hear up and turn the wheel slightly is there play on the shaft axially? is the brake pads loose? please see the anchor that the pads hold them in is there any play there?

you may have to take the wheel off to really see

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there is play, I can rotate tire about inch or so back and forth, seems like to much play to me. I replaced brake pads, rotors and calipers 6 months ago, hub bearings front last fall, everything there seems tight, Think I'll replace drivers side axle this week, I think the sound is right by hub, CV joint, I can replace axle for under $200 myself
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

yes it is easy . remove the 2 strut bolts to knuckle and then pop the axle out and replace.