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Just short of 3 months of ownership and just over 2000 miles of mild-mannered driving, my Ridgeline has developed a new mystery noise that concerns me. Since I don't remember seeing anybody post anything with this particular noise, here is what I'm hearing: Particularly at highway speeds on roads with uneven surfaces (ie patched concrete interstates), I am hearing a clunking noise that appears to be originating from somewhere around the passenger side front wheel well. Climbed under the truck the other day but nothing appeared to be out of place or loose. I plan on taking my truck into the dealer next week for the infamous haunted steering wheel and was curious to know if anybody else out there in ROC-land has experienced a similar noise.

Still love my truck- just need to get the wrinkles straightened out. Thanks.
 

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No phantom noises here, just the groan from me when the drips on my new brick paved driveway turned out to be power steering fluid. But I feel for you guy, owning an accord too we are not used to rattles. Is that Richmond Honda on West Broad St?
 

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I have a similar clunking noise from the rear passenger side. I only hear it when going over bumps that hit the rear tire or even exiting a driveway. I've checked everything I can see and everything is tight.
Also my windshield is starting to whistle. :( I thought I had got lucky on that problem.
I am trying to hold off until the first oil change and just leave it there all day.


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I had a bad shock on the rear of mine. They replaced it and the thump went away. I looked at it and saw no leak or any damage, since the replacement no noise. Good luck.
 

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No phantom noises here, just the groan from me when the drips on my new brick paved driveway turned out to be power steering fluid. But I feel for you guy, owning an accord too we are not used to rattles. Is that Richmond Honda on West Broad St?
We purchased at Mechanicsville Honda. I know I may be in the minority but I have had my share of body integrity issues with Hondas. While the engine will last forever, rattles/clunks/squeaks etc. have been more common in the 5 Hondas I have owned. The lone exception is my wife's '04 Accord which appears to be the best built car I have ever owned (and I've owned a few). The Accord's body integrity is nearly Germanic in nature.

Oh well, hopefully I can kill 2 birds with one stone when I take the RL in for the new noise. They can also attempt to remedy the infamous creaking steering wheel.
 

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sounds like a loose shock or strut, I would even go as far as checking the lug nuts on the tire to make sure they are tight. Let us know what you find or what the dealer says after they check it out.
 

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sounds like a loose shock or strut, I would even go as far as checking the lug nuts on the tire to make sure they are tight. Let us know what you find or what the dealer says after they check it out.
Thanks for the recommendation, Bellteck. I'll be sure to report back next week when I take 'er in.
 

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Update- I reported this clunking noise coming from the right front wheel well when encountering uneven surfaces, especially at highway speeds. It was obvious enough for my wife to even notice (she typically shrugs off my claims of noises, rattles, etc on my vehicles). Well, as quickly as this problem seemed to pop up, it appears to have disappeared. I've used a particularly bumpy section of interstate near my house two consecutive evenings with no signs of the noise. This is very weird. Obviously, if it was a loose shock/strut, the noise wouldn't come and go, would it??
 

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Yes, very odd. Maybe a piece off road trash got stuck in the wheel well and it got knocked off?
 

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I thought about road debris or rocks or something. It really sounded like metal on metal and it was definitely coming from an area outside of the cab. I'll keep listening and hope that I never hear it again.
 

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Keep us posted. If there's one thing that I can't stand, it's wierd noises on a vehicle. I've had my Ridge about a month now, and I just went over the 1,000 mile mark...so far so good!
 

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I have a similar noise it's been getting worse. It happens all the time for me now (3000 mi). It's not trash or things in the trunk. I'm sure it's connected to the steering somehow. Somebody mentioned a sticky spring in the strut assembly but I'm still searching. "Clunking" really does describe it best.
 

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If you start your vehicle, leave it in park, and turn your steering wheel full left and full right, do you hear the "clunk, clunk, clunk"? If you answer yes.... it is likely one of the front struts.
 

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If you start your vehicle, leave it in park, and turn your steering wheel full left and full right, do you hear the "clunk, clunk, clunk"? If you answer yes.... it is likely one of the front struts.
hey skywalker, does it necessarily do it each time you cut the wheel? mine does it once, then no more when in park..........but it does it every time truck sits a while.
 

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If it is one clunk after sitting a while, I believe that is the ABS check described in other posts which is normal. The problem I experienced with the strut was intermittent, but when it did happen, you could feel it in the steering wheel and it would occur multiple times when cranking the steering wheel. Hope that helps.
 

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2 different threads about the front end noise with the same people cross talking on them ? Can we pick one and cancel or merge the other ?
 
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