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Old 11-11-2011, 07:08 PM   #1
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In my wife's Dodge Neon, if we take a turn that puts the weight to one side of the car, the rear tire on that side (passenger) will start rhythmically clunking. The faster you are going the faster the clunking, and as you slow down, the clunking will slow down. Turn in the other direction to move the weight to the other side of the car, and no clunking. The clunking can be heard quite well from the trunk, as the back seat is pretty thin. I am thinking strut?

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Old 11-11-2011, 07:20 PM   #2
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The fact that the speed of the clunking increases with the speed of the car indicates that it's something on the wheel/tire. I'd check several things:
1. Check your tire pressure.
2. Check the tension of your lug nuts. It's possible that they are loose.
3. Check the tightness of your wheel bearing.

If you've got a lot of miles on the car, it's possible that your wheel bearing is not just loose, but is shot.

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Old 11-11-2011, 07:32 PM   #3
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The clicking/clunking noise you are hearing is coming from your rear CV boot. Check to see if the boot is cracked and grease is leaking out. If so, then dirt entered the boot causing damage to the CV axle. You will have to replace the complete CV axle shaft.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:41 PM   #4
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they ever made AWD Neons?????? with rear axle shaft?

year of your Neon helps..

anyhow, strut it might be. or rear hub bearing under load. or even tire itself. do simple test - swap out tires on that side, and see what happens.

did you try to vigorously rock that side of vehicle? to maybe duplicate that clunk?

rear stabilizer bar can do that too, it has large rubber bushing that can go bad.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:17 AM   #5
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Also check for rust build up on the rear brake drums, doubt it has disc brakes, but it does sound to be in the suspension or brake area as it is rotational with vehicle speed
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:12 AM   #6
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I agree with something in the brakes or wheel bearing.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:16 AM   #7
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Dodge Neon= wheel bearing problem. Period. Jack up only this side until the tire is free of the ground, turn tire slowly, with ear near tire, listen as it "rattles/grinds". Inherent Dodge Neon problem.
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The shock is shot!
A strut is comprised of a spring and shock. The shock has lost its valves, and your basically bouncing on the spring.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:19 PM   #9
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Wow! So many opinions! I am sending her to the shop this week, will report back what the mechanic says!

Thanks everyone.
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So, I'm having same issues, 05 sxt. 102,000 miles after new tires developing problems. Have the clunking noise coming from left rear when turning right. Changing the wheel hub (bearings) tomorrow and struts couple days after. Hoping its the problem. Also anyone here have leaking trunks? Lol.

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