Clunking In Drivers Side. Issue After Issue

Asked by Feb 26, 2017 at 07:50 PM about the 2002 Pontiac Grand Am SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Clunkling... Feel it in drivers side more
then anything but more when I try to
just take off in general. Just replaced
the timing chain n few other things but
can post picture of the bill n
description. But anyway i just got it
back and thr 1st day behind the wheel
felt different but last few days
something isn't right. I noticed the
clunking 1st when i took off n barely
turn left nor right. But just the turning of
wheel. (He replaced the passenger
front outer tie rod bcuz it had little play
in it..) But I've delt with issue after issue
the last few months with my vehicle's i
start to self diagnose and I just need
help or advise. I told mechanic also just
a day ago leaving work n driving home I
accelerated to go up a hill n noticed my
RMP floater thing was bouncing all
around n i was not playing with it but
steady n now watching that. Today i
start my car early due to cold weather n
just acted like it was a hard
start...Check Engine*  ABS n Tanf?
Lights are on n always
have been.  Driving the car feels like im
going to wreck if im going 60 n im
floating but then i slow down even
more and its when i start feeling the car
fade out?. Please help. I maybe jumbled
in my text n my apologies but maybe
some advise or something will help
instead of giving my mechanic the
power to make his money every 2 days
because he cant even diagnose the
problem from the start n ihave to come
back again n again. I can better
describe if im being asked the
questions.. Thank You In Advance!

5 Answers

**Forgot To Mention** Today Sunday Feb 26th... Started my vehicle early due to cold weather n started but seemed like hard start or a loud one? If that makes sense. Went to leave for work like 15mins later n i couldnt push botton in like normal on shifter to put it in gear. Yes had foot on the break n wasnt just a start n take off. I had to use both hands n wriggle n push it in at same tine..


Wow sounds like gobs of issues. First I was thinking the clunking could be from the Front Axles because of the turn left or right part, but if the mechanics did tie-rods It hard to say. bu the hard start must be a different issue, I think whoever did tie-rods need to recheck it and check the axles too and possibly see if any electrical connectors came loose or are loose and may need a tune up or see if the computer has any codes set.

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Ya im so lost. I tried to talk my mechanic again but they also own fulltime towing n trucking business n may not be well known for repairs but he acted busy. When ive asked questions etc he snaps back or tells me idk.. Kinda sucks bcuz i want answers or advise not bullshit or temporary now cuz he got paid.. I had hanful ppl tell me few months ago iy was this this this.. Well wasnt n then now dnt have help bcuz i was right... I guess its way life is.. Just want to be able to ask a full tine mechanic these or explain without drowning in debt.


It needs to looked over May be best to find another mechanic that stands behind their work with we diagnosed the issue before any repairs and this is for sure the issue or issues.

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Unfortunately it sounds like it's time for a new car. Every car reaches a point where it's just one thing after the other. That's when it's time to move on. The money that this 15 year old car is costing you could be better spent on something new(er) without the issues. HTH. -Jim

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