Jerking or Clunking Knock When Vehicle Almost To Complete Stop

dodge
grandcaravan

#1

My Dodge van makes a jerking/clunking knock under the vehicle when it comes to almost a complete stop. Feel strong inside the vehicle. If I break hard or gently that jerking/clunking knock will not happen- gotta hit and miss when I tried to control it.
I am thinking of front brake which I must replace, it’s pulsation occasionally, hopefully nothing serious, anyone experience this? thanks.


#2

Lots of possibilities. Have the brakes and suspension looked at on this vehicle of mysterious year and model and unknown mileage and maintenance.


#3

I would take a very close look at the motor mounts, as loose/broken mounts can cause the exact symptoms that the OP describes.


#4

My 01 taurus clunks too. Don’t want to inspect sway bar links or bushings. Maybe in October when it cools down


#5

It could be many things, but when my Dakota started the same noise,it was a ball joint. Replaced the ball joint and never heard the sound again.

Yosemite


#6

@cityboy
I’ve Never Had Loose Nuts… But Some People Have Suffered From That.
I’d Check The Wheel Lug Nuts If You Haven’t Done So, Already.
CSA


#7

It could be a violent downshift from the transaxle. Fairly common, especially if it has been filled with the wrong transmission fluid.


#8

NYBo could be right, I had tranny fluid change at Jiffy Lube and I think they put regular fluid in it instead of AFT 4 (I think), need a flush again.


#9

Same Mountainbike:

That’s pretty funny!


#10

If your van has rear wheel drive, could be a problem in the u-joints or lack of lube where it splines into the transmission.


#11

^
It’s a Dodge Caravan, so that means it’s most likely FWD.
I suppose that it could have AWD, but those are pretty rare.


#12

it’s FWD, I scheduled online with Dodge dealership and system generated a Band 3 adjustment for $122. Nothing mention about wrong fluid, I will check with service department when I bring my car in and update you all.