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2005 Magnum, lots of clunking noises from front end

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Old 05-02-2009, 10:09 AM
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Default 2005 Magnum, lots of clunking noises from front end

I just bought a 2005 dodge Magnum SXT with 70,000 KM's. I didn't get a opportunity to drive it prior to purchasing it since I bought it at a auction. It was a 1 owner Federal Govermment vehicule. I figured it would have been well maintained and it perfect conditon. It needed brake pads and rotors all around and the two outer tie rod ends and a new upper left control arm for the Ontario safety check. I did the work myself. I changed all the brakes and the tie rod ends and the control arm. After all that it passed the safety. When I began to drive it I noticed a lot of clunking noises coming from the front left. I double checked the work I did and tightend everything again. I drove it around and the noise was still there. It only makes the clunking noise at low speed driving over bumps or cracks or pot holes in the road. When you first drive it after it sitting there for a while it doesn't make any clunking sounds but after 1 minute or so the clunking starts. Also there is no clunking sounds when driving over 25mph, and no bad sounds while driving on the highway. I now notice the sounds are heard in the front left and the midle and sometimes the rear area also.. While going over a speed bump at low speed I was sitting in the passenger seat and I heard a distinctive metal clanking on metal sound on the right side right under the front door.
Do you think it's all related to one problem or am I having several noise related problems? Any ideas as to what it could be? I was told that it could be the sway bar link kit and or the sway bar bushings. I already had a mechanic look at it and he couldn't find anything loose or worn.
I am very discouraged with this car because of the clunking sounds I hope someone has some advise on how to fix it.
Also when driving at night I notice the dash lights seem to get dimmer then brighter and flicker slightly. Has anyone experienced this and how did you fix it?
The Magnum is no dought a cool looking car but with these annoying little problems it makes me regret the purchase.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:14 AM
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Check your suspesion bushings. A number of people have changed those out at the mileage you indicate.
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:22 PM
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Seems to be a trend--I've got an 06 with the same problems !
I'm still looking --will post if I figure it out !!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:17 PM
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I have it too. 80,000 miles. Have had the clunking for 25,000 miles. I have replaced inner and outer tie rod ends and the left strut rod. Still clunks.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:50 AM
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i have a 05 with the same problem found the sway bar bushings are bad gonna change them out next week c if that fixes the prob
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:07 PM
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I had the same problem with my '07 mag. When I got my struts replaced my mechanic recommended I re-secure the brake backing plates. Noise no more, drives smooth and silent.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:11 AM
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I finally solved the clunking problem in the front suspension! It was the totally wiped-out front anti-sway bar bushings. They are easy to replace, and cost me about $13 at Imperial C-D-J in Mendon, MA. There are three different bar diameters. they are 1", 1.06", and 1.18". Naturally, my RT has the 1.18" bar; the only size bushing that I could not locate in the aftermarket. Moog makes replacements in the two smaller sizes. I could not feel any looseness in the bushings until I unbolted the bushing clamps - then the problem was obvious. BTW, the parts guy told me that the normal problem with the Magnum/Charger/300 front end is the "tension struts." The ball joint does go bad in these, but at least in my case, it did not cause the clunking.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:19 AM
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my 05 sxt is making clunking over the smallest bump. I took to dealership at 50,000 miles and they replaced upper and lower ball joints to the tune of 900$. 6 months later more clunking and the dealer says it is swaybar linkage and bushings?? Seem it is a problem. I removed the aftermarket wheels thinking it was more strain on the front end? should i put aftermarket suspension parts on? or just sell this clunker
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:33 PM
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my 05 sxt is making clunking over the smallest bump. I took to dealership at 50,000 miles and they replaced upper and lower ball joints to the tune of 900$. 6 months later more clunking and the dealer says it is swaybar linkage and bushings?? Seem it is a problem. I removed the aftermarket wheels thinking it was more strain on the front end? should i put aftermarket suspension parts on? or just sell this clunker
I'll bet it is the front sway bar bushings. They are cheap and if you are handy, easy to install. You do need a lift or ramps to get the front end up. The dealer did the same stuff to mine, with absolutely no improvement. The sway bar bushings fixed it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:12 PM
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my 05 is the same and I noticed it is worse in cold weather. I dont think it is ball joints. I believe it is sway bar bushings. I don't know if I will fool with it or not if it is not a safety issue.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:29 PM
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I had it, it was the bushings. To my understanding, the front ends are horrible in 05's and 06's.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:59 PM
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I had it, it was the bushings. To my understanding, the front ends are horrible in 05's and 06's.
Front end are horrible for Charger in general.
You replace one item, the next item goes out. Common failure are Tension strut arm, Upper ball join, outer tie rod end, and Sway bar bushings. Once in a while I see a Lower ball joint goes out, and only replace with the Knuckle, whooping $600 parts alone.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:48 PM
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Default Front suspension issues

My Magnum RT is an early '05, and I love it. It has had a few issues with the front suspension. Both outer tie rod ends became loose and I replaced them with aftermarket (Moog) ends with grease fittings. The left "tension strut" ball joint also loosened up, but as of a year ago, these are a Mopar only part. If they had a grease fitting there would be no problem. Finally I had to replace the anti-sway bar bushings. All of these repairs are easy if you have access to a frame contact lift. I cannot truthfully say that the front end is horrible. I have had cars of other makes that were more troublesome. I have reached the conclusion that building a permanently-lubricated suspension/steering ball and socket joint is beyond the capacity of American manufacturers. I wish they would stop trying and just put grease fittings on everything that moves.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:17 AM
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I had the same problem with a bad clunking. it is now gone. I had to replace the lower a arms as they have the lower ball joints connected. They are not sold separate. (depending on your car). I also had to replace the sway bar ends too. My left side almost fell out, do not over look this or you will loose your front end. I saw it on the lift and the left side was hanging by a thread. I think that the Magnum (I have an AWD so it is a bit different) has 3 joints on the lower arm on each side.
Definitely go to Ebay and buy yourself the service manual on CD, it's worth it.
The car is a bitch to work on, so if you do it by yourself make sure that you have experience and the correct tools.
This car I give to the dealer as I do not have a lift, I was shocked that you have to remove the intake manifold off to change one side of the spark plugs. Not like the old days.
Take care of this A>S>A>P> or you will be flat on road dead.
The clunking is a warning.

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Old 10-09-2011, 10:26 AM
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Default Clunking noises

iVE HAD MY 2005 MAGNUM SXT FOR 2 YEARS NOW AND HAVE FINALLY OVER COME ALL MY CLUNKING NOISES , I JUST WANTED TO LET EVERYONE WHO OWNS THE CHARGER/MAGNUM AND 300C CLASS VEHICLES THAT ALL YOUR CLUNKING SOUNDS ARE BUSHINGS AND MOST COMMON ONES TO GO ARE YOUR CONTROLS ARMS AND FRONT SWAY BAR . THE STRUT BUSHING i HAVE FOUND DONT NEED REPLACING ALTHOUGH IF YOU HAVE THEM OUT AND HAVE NOT CHANGED THEM YOU MAY AS WELL, IF THEY ARE MAKING A SQUEEKING SOUND WHEN HITING CERTAIN TYPES OF BUMPS AT ONLY CERTAIN SPEEDS I HAVE FOUND USING SOME WHITE LITHIUM GREESE WORKS REALLY WELL AND IS ALSO AN INEXPENSIVE FIX. i WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON ALL MY FINDINGS AS WELL AS I HOPE YOU ALL WILL DO THE SAME FOR ME!
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:44 PM
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Wanted to thank you all. After paying $300 to have my tie rod ends replaced and still having the clunking noise I came across your forum and did some research. My noise was caused by cracked tension strut bushings. Replaced the strut assemblies myself and saved a bundle. No more clunking!!
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:31 PM
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i had the same problem,(80,000 miles) I found it by disconnecting the sway bar and driving the car, noise went away. replaced the bushing reconnected and no noise.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:18 AM
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my 05 is the same and I noticed it is worse in cold weather. I dont think it is ball joints. I believe it is sway bar bushings. I don't know if I will fool with it or not if it is not a safety issue.
2005 SXT 135,000 I changed sway bar bushings and inner tie rods last weekend.... zero body lean, steering much tighter, clunking like at disco all speeds, unless smooth pavement....
time to spend some money now.... boo
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:48 PM
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I have an 05 magnum I bought at a used car lot,took it for a drive and never noticed the clunking that bad til later on down the road,I brought it back to them and they pretty much washed their hands of it,I've been struggle'n ever since and was starting to regret buying mine also,but I just spent a bunch of money replaceing all kinds of front end stuff upper left and right control arms,tie rods both sides struts and upper strut mounts,not it sway bar bushings,not it,really frustraed at this point and then link bar struts both sides ,not it ended up being about the only thing i did't replace left control arm and I replaced the right also,this all in the last three weeks wheel alighnment later with a new set of 235 55 17 on and I just drove across canada with it and love my Magnum again. I hope you guys have better luck finding it than I did
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:06 PM
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Wow, cannot believe so many people have the same issues, i have the 05 sxt, have gone thru control arms, bushings, tie rods, and so on for the past 4 years. The replacement parts don't seem to last that long. I believe the front end is too heavy for the replacment parts from dodge. Has anyone tried to go after market for a more heavy duty tie rod or control arm? Is there such? Could use the advise, its ridiculous. Love my car and when she's not clunking out of the front end and she's balanced and aligned properly, omg what a please to drive this model. Love this car...
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