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Dodge Dakota Front Suspension Noises



I have a 2004,V8 Dodge Dakota.There seems to be knocking under the front of the truck.That sounds like it is hitting where my feet are when I drive? Please can you help?



Two things come to mind, exhaust or suspension. I would lean more
toward suspension. You can lay under the truck and look for the
suspension arm running from the front wheels back to under the
drivers foot well. I would suspect a worn bushing. How is the
steering feel and road manners of the truck? Does it wander on the
road, any pulsating or abrupt movements when braking? All could point
to worn front suspension.

Followup Question:

During braking it does pulsate some. I changed the brakes those are fine. It does pull a little to the right though. Also, when I hit even a small pothole, it almost seems to lose a little control. I have climbed under the truck and grabbed the suspension arm and it seems to be tight. The bushings also look fine. This is why it has me stumped

Followup Answer:

It really sounds like something in the suspension. Without the car up on a lift or jack stands, and a prybar, its tough to spot worn suspension pieces. I would take it to an alignment shop and let them know your symptoms, they should be able to get to the bottom of the problem.

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Posted: 7th July 2009  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: Suspension

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