Clunking Sound while driving - Trans?
I have a 99 Forester with.. around 130k miles on it.
I don't remember when it started making the noise, but I have only had it for a year or so. The previous (only other) owner was my Aunt, and she treated it like it was made of glass, so it was not abused.
The check engine light is on, but last I knew it was for a fuel line or air pressure or something, and the causes ranged from a gas cap to fuel lines to fuel pump... I forget the exact code.
Whenever I am pressing the gas, I hear a clunking sound. It goes faster as my speed increases, and I don't notice it changing when it shifts, like slowing down as my gears get higher.
When I make turns, especially left turns, it seems much more prominent.
The sound comes from the front of the car, and my friends say it is from the passenger side, but that could just be because they are sitting over on that side.
I took it to a garage, and the mechanic replaced the front right axel because the boot was all tore up, and I didn't even get out of the lot before I heard the same exact sound. I waited a couple weeks and brought it back and he looked it all over again, and said he couldn't find the cause, but he said it was very likely a transmission issue because these cars are known for transmission problems.
Anyone have experience with this issue?
Should I take it to a place like Aamco and have them run the $50 diagnostic on it, or should I just find another mechanic to take a look at it, or what?
I am most afraid of having it grind to a halt while I am driving down the highway.