93 Camry drivetrain clunk

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Old 08 Nov 2008, 01:55 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 93 Camry drivetrain clunk

Hello,

I have a 93 Camry LE, 4 cylinder, auto transmission, 330k kilometres.
Absolutely amazing vehicle considering the mileage, it still runs
incredibly smoothly.

I notice that when I hit the gas from a complete stop, but then let
off the gas suddenly at low speed, there is a distinct "clunking"
noise. It sounds to me like the engine is loose, and is rocking back
and forth when I hit the gas and then let off. I found a post that
suggests the engine mounts might be the problem. However, it might be
relevant to add that when I'm going over a particularly large speed
bump, the front "shocks" (struts?) squeak quite loudly, as though they
are worn out.

Does this sound like an engine mount issue? If so, is the fix
expensive? Is it something I might be able to do myself, or do you
need an engine mount? Could it be something else, perhaps the CV
joints or transmission?

Thanks,
SJ
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Old 09 Nov 2008, 12:46 am   #2 (permalink)
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could be one or both of the front cv joints. yes it is a fairly expensive
fix.

<stephenjacob@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hello,
>
> I have a 93 Camry LE, 4 cylinder, auto transmission, 330k kilometres.
> Absolutely amazing vehicle considering the mileage, it still runs
> incredibly smoothly.
>
> I notice that when I hit the gas from a complete stop, but then let
> off the gas suddenly at low speed, there is a distinct "clunking"
> noise. It sounds to me like the engine is loose, and is rocking back
> and forth when I hit the gas and then let off. I found a post that
> suggests the engine mounts might be the problem. However, it might be
> relevant to add that when I'm going over a particularly large speed
> bump, the front "shocks" (struts?) squeak quite loudly, as though they
> are worn out.
>
> Does this sound like an engine mount issue? If so, is the fix
> expensive? Is it something I might be able to do myself, or do you
> need an engine mount? Could it be something else, perhaps the CV
> joints or transmission?
>
> Thanks,
> SJ


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Old 09 Nov 2008, 04:40 am   #3 (permalink)
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> <stephenjacob@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:f14ca47c-41fc-4bfc-a57b-c6969380f62e@p35g2000prm.googlegroups.com...
>> Hello,
>>
>> I have a 93 Camry LE, 4 cylinder, auto transmission, 330k kilometres.
>> Absolutely amazing vehicle considering the mileage, it still runs
>> incredibly smoothly.
>>
>> I notice that when I hit the gas from a complete stop, but then let
>> off the gas suddenly at low speed, there is a distinct "clunking"
>> noise. It sounds to me like the engine is loose, and is rocking back
>> and forth when I hit the gas and then let off. I found a post that
>> suggests the engine mounts might be the problem. However, it might be
>> relevant to add that when I'm going over a particularly large speed
>> bump, the front "shocks" (struts?) squeak quite loudly, as though they
>> are worn out.
>>
>> Does this sound like an engine mount issue? If so, is the fix
>> expensive? Is it something I might be able to do myself, or do you
>> need an engine mount? Could it be something else, perhaps the CV
>> joints or transmission?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> SJ

>


BigJim wrote:
> could be one or both of the front cv joints. yes it is a fairly
> expensive fix.



If there is no vibration at speed, it probably isn't a CV joint.
(And they aren't horribly expensive to have replaced with rebuild units.
Just don't have a dealer do it.) I am guessing it's the motor mounts,
and that squeak from the struts is just normal complaining about being
bottomed out. You can test both the mounts (by rocking the engine back
and forth with it *off* and *cold* and seeing if there is clunking
and/or excessive movement) and the struts (the usual 'push it down and
see if it bounces more than once' test).
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Old 09 Nov 2008, 01:08 pm   #4 (permalink)
johngdole@hotmail.com
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This may be inner CV joint. "Wear in the inner joints shows up as a
"clunk" or "pop" when applying power or, if severe, when lifting off
the throttle." -wikipedia

Also, after all those years and miles (particularly the years), the
rubber mounts probably need replacing. You can check them while the
car is in PARK. Just shift into D and R and have another person look
for excessive engine movements. No need to drive to check this one.
(Engine mounts and transmission mounts may need replacing. )




On Nov 8, 11:55*am, stephenja...@gmail.com wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I have a 93 Camry LE, 4 cylinder, auto transmission, 330k kilometres.
> Absolutely amazing vehicle considering the mileage, it still runs
> incredibly smoothly.
>
> I notice that when I hit the gas from a complete stop, but then let
> off the gas suddenly at low speed, there is a distinct "clunking"
> noise. It sounds to me like the engine is loose, and is rocking back
> and forth when I hit the gas and then let off. I found a post that
> suggests the engine mounts might be the problem. However, it might be
> relevant to add that when I'm going over a particularly large speed
> bump, the front "shocks" (struts?) squeak quite loudly, as though they
> are worn out.
>
> Does this sound like an engine mount issue? If so, is the fix
> expensive? Is it something I might be able to do myself, or do you
> need an engine mount? Could it be something else, perhaps the CV
> joints or transmission?
>
> Thanks,
> SJ


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