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Tim,

I hear a clunk sound (acura RL 05, 92k) after backing out of the driveway, then a hard turn and then driving straight. It will only occur after the car has been at rest and I can feel and hear the clunk near the gas pedal. I recently had the motor mounts replaced and new torque converter put in and the dealership did a multi-point inspection. I wonder if its the rack and pinion which I saw in another post (Front-end CLUNK noise when turning and backing out everyday!! - AcuraZine Community).

I can bring it back to the dealer (warranty is almost up), but I want to direct them better to the problem - any ideas?
 

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In this case, give the dealership a chance to figure out the issue before making a suggestion. If it is obvious and not intermittent, they should be able to track it down.

Bear in mind that everything below will apply to situations of first contact, and it's more of a primer in dealing with people in their profession (in this case, fixing your car) than it is solving your issue....

I get these types of questions quite often from people that want to be pre-emptive before bringing their car in for service. Many times when dealing with a mechanic or service department, if the service person is....well...indifferent (?), they will do what you tell them to and not think it beyond that, saying "well, I did what you said, so...."

Everyone knows a jerk like that :D . Now again, I'm not saying that you WILL run into something like that, but before you run in with a stack full of bulletins or printed threads from different websites, remember that if it's happening to other Acuras, chances are they've seen this before, or are adept at finding the problem. If they come back with nothing found, you can always have your resources at hand to counter them.

In my job here, I get a somewhat different customer about 1 in every 20 calls, that has Googled everything related to their car before they call me with all the wrong part numbers and the wrong fixes for their car. Oh, I could go into a diatribe here :D , but let's fix your car. That said.....

The thread you referred to on AZ had to do with the TSX, and on the TSX, I'd agree on the CV shaft thing. On the RL, I can't remember ever seeing a CV shaft replacement, so I'm going to go with transmission mounts as a likely culprit. You may even be able to see the bad mount. Raise the hood, and have an assistant start the car, and with their foot on the brake, rock the car back and forth from R to D to R to P, etc. If there's a bad mount, you'll be able to see the engine lifting up in one corner, it'll be pretty obvious.

You did say that your engine mounts were replaced, but how about the ones on the transmission?

Start there, and let us know what happens :)
 
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