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I have been searching and searching for answers to this problem for months and cannot seem to get a good answer.
2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with about 145k miles on it. When backing out of our driveway (up a slight incline and turning to the right), I get a clicking/rattling sound from the front passenger side of the vehicle. I've taken it to parking lots forming tight turns in circles, but cannot seem to reproduce the noise, yet it has steadily gotten worse.
I have pulled the tire and inspected the suspension, but see nothing obvious (split CV boot, loose parts, grease), though I did replace a sway bar link that was split. I suspect that the CV axle shaft on that side is bad, but is it possible that it would only produce noise in that circumstance?
Thoughts? Advice? Any help is much appreciated!
 

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a parking garage where you can drive up a few levels would be great for reproducing that sound. I have a squeak noise that happens only while on inclines as well. It's not the usual suspension sounds im familiar with and im starting to wonder if it's like a motor mount or a trans mount that's weak...
 

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Double check the link you put on that it is still tight. The nut may have backed off a bit.
 

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Unfortunately, the sound didn't go away after that repair. The link was definitely bad, but not the problem I was looking for.
 

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a parking garage where you can drive up a few levels would be great for reproducing that sound. I have a squeak noise that happens only while on inclines as well. It's not the usual suspension sounds im familiar with and im starting to wonder if it's like a motor mount or a trans mount that's weak...
Yeah, I have listened for it when I've entered places such as parking garages and don't hear it. Doesn't seem to be a wheel bearing or the like, but it definitely changes tempo with wheel speed.
 

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Clicking is often associated with sway bar bushings or CV joints. May also be something to do with the brakes.

Making turns puts the struts into rotation, which in turn puts a twisting force on the sway bar connection, which translates back to the sway bar bushings.

Are the steel bands for the CV joint boots in good shape? They can rust out and open up, especially the large one..
 

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Clicking is often associated with sway bar bushings or CV joints. May also be something to do with the brakes.

Making turns puts the struts into rotation, which in turn puts a twisting force on the sway bar connection, which translates back to the sway bar bushings.

Are the steel bands for the CV joint boots in good shape? They can rust out and open up, especially the large one..
They appeared to be. Going to take another look tomorrow. The very same van started missing last night from an apparent bad coil pack, so that's first on the list!
 
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