noisy turns in Hilux

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:25
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Have a dual cab hilux '94. only recently, have been hearing and feeling through the floor, a clunking noise when turning sharply to the right. Can't find any obvious cause. any ideas?

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Reply By: bruce.h - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:55

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:55
Gday Bud
if it happens when on full lock mainly in 4wd & sounds like clunk clunk clunk clunk it is a fair bet that it is your cv joints need replacing
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Reply By: goodsy - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 14:24

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 14:24
If it is a single clunk coming from under your feet its the leaf spring moving on the shackle. Also owned a 94 hilux did the same thing. Check the shackle bushes out but I don't think you've got anything to worry about. My hilux did it for years.
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Follow Up By: Bud - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 14:57

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 14:57
Goodsy thats exactly what it is, a single clunk coming from under my feet. I suspected this might be coming from the springs, but I have just put new shackle rubbers on about 2000 km's ago. Could this be the source of the noise even though the bushes are new ?

thanks for the reply
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Follow Up By: Goodsy - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 15:15

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 15:15
I did the same replaced rubbers and 6 months latter the clunk. Are your springs standard or after market?
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Follow Up By: Bud - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 15:27

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 15:27
standard. whys that? You say yours did this for years, it doesnt really bother me just thought it might be something more sinister. yours did it for years you say guess ill be in the same boat. least until i get the suspension overhauled

cheers goodsy thanks for the help
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Reply By: Bud - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 15:20

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 15:20
standard. why's that?
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Reply By: tour boy - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 07:02

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 07:02
check the body mounts they sound like someone hitting the floor with a hammer.
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 10:59

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 10:59
Don't rely on them being fine "for years". Get under there and check. Sounds like the rubbers that isolate the diff are wearing out.

Metal on metal clunks are ALWAYS bad news and should be fixed.

I had a very nasty experience in an old Yota after the pin locating the diffs to the springs wore through/snapped off (dunno how and it was a very rough road).

Having your diff suddenly move either backwards or forwards a foot and a half is not good...... Not good for your tailshaft to drag out either - especially the front one which can dig in.
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Follow Up By: Bud - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:42

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:42
Been under there and have checked suzuki. Problem is noise doesnt happen often and not at all when stationary, hard to pinpoint exact cause of nooise from inside moving vehicle. I'm pretty sure that goodsy has hit the nail on the head with this one. but pays to be thorough. These rubbers you speak of, i assume you mean the ones between the diff and the springs, if so ,i've checked them too and can find nothing out of the ordinary with these. Will also check pins joining diff to springs after hearing your story.

Thanks for the input
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Reply By: Surf - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 15:25

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 15:25
I have a 94 Surf which I think would probably have a similar steering set up to your Hilux. There is a rather primitive method of restricting how far you can turn the steering, it is litterally a bolt that comes in contact with another sloped piece of metal (forgive my use of technical terminology). Normally the bolt head has a heavy duty plastic cap which funnily enough wears after a few years, resulting in a rather horrifying bang, clunk, rubbing noise. The first time you hear it you expect something big to drop off and dollars signs start rolling round in your head. It is quite common, and can be cured by simply whacking a big dollop of grease on the offending items. There are 2 on each wheel, (for left and right turns), you cant miss them. Hopefully that is all it is. For all Toyotas well known engineering capabilities, its astounding that they use such a primitive method of restriction. New caps are available apparently, but grease lasts for several months and can be topped up whenever you need.
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Follow Up By: Suzuki Viagra - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 08:44

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 08:44
Gaffa every couple of months would do the job also......

Length of time before clunk = amount of gaffa used.
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