I Know a Clunk When I Hear It

Captain’s Log     5,197

So I wasn’t crazy after all.  When I took my car in for service last month, I told the service writer I was hearing a sporadic clunking noise on the right front.  They brought a mechanic out and we did a test drive.  Naturally, the noise did not happen.

The service writer told me to relax and assured me the car was fine.  Not to worry.  The wheels weren’t going to fall off or anything.  I was also told to bring the car back if the clunking sound got worse.

It got worse.  So I took the car in yesterday.  Once again, I went for a ride with a mechanic.  The car barely clunked.  I was embarrassed.  After we stopped, he told me to turn the wheel as far to the right as possible.  He climbed under the car and fiddled around.  Lo and behold, he was able to duplicate the noise.

He got to his feet and said, “Hand me the keys.  You are not driving this car until this is fixed.”  I said I could bring it back in the morning and I only live 3 miles away.  Nope.  He called the service writer over and insisted I get a loaner.  He told me some part of my brake lining was loose and it was sticking in some doo-hickey thing.  Worst case scenario is I would have lost control of the car.

So I got a loaner and off I went.  They are fixing this for free because they told me there wasn’t anything wrong with the car the last time I was there.  I drive the car every day.  I KNOW when something isn’t right.

I was validated by the mechanic.  I am not some crazy nut job that makes mountains out of mole hills.  The service writer was horrified.  Should have been horrified.  I asked if they would pull the wheel and check it all out, and I was assured it was nothing.

I know when it’s something.

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16 responses to “I Know a Clunk When I Hear It

  1. Susanna

    the timing was off in my car. I used a friend recommended by one of my roommates. I paid 400.00. The timing is still off….waiting for him to return and fix it…grrr.

  2. So glad you are ok. One of our old service writers told us to just turn up the radio. It turned out we had a broken engine mount. Yes, trusting your instincts is always a good thing.

  3. Glad you weren’t hurt and you persevered with the service guy. I was thinking a rock stuck in the undercarriage, but then you don’t go chasing trains off-road, do you? 😉 Seriously, though, years ago, I was headed to work and had stopped at the traffic signal 2 blks from my home. As I made the left hand turn to go down Genesee to catch Hwy 52, my left front tire wheel and tie rod just dropped to the ground. Instant stop–freaked me out — thankfully I was only doing about 5mph by then. If it had happened on the freeway, I would probably have been in a horrific accident, killed other people and not been here to write this little ditty to you!

  4. Years ago I had a girlfriend who started hearing a “clunk” coming from the front of her car. Her solution? Turn the radio up louder so she couldn’t hear it. Two weeks later her front right wheel locked in place while exiting the freeway. sending her sideways into a high curb and ruining the undercarriage. She had to get a new car. With a worse radio. Gave women drivers a bad name….

  5. Seems like most service places don’t believe it when a woman tells them something is not right. Glad this mechanic was intelligent enough to figure it out. And also so glad you were not driving the car when it could have been a disaster. I am shocked, however, that they are fixing this for free. Most places won’t do that even when they have made the mistake.

  6. Patty O'

    Our very lives depend upon being believed. Thank goodness you found the right man for the job!

  7. bholles

    Yeah free service. Glad you were not hurt.

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