Help! loud crunching noises coming from front suspension
Hope someone can help me with the following problem regarding my 2002 Ford Focus TDCI (115bhp):
Iíve been hearing a loud grinding/creaking/crunching noise in the left front suspension. Noise occurs whenever I throttle back completely without disengaging the clutch, and it does so when driving at speeds below 60km/h (+-38mph). When I disengage the clutch, the noise disappears. However... when riding on poor roads, the noise also occurs when disengaging the clutch. Even does so when I shut down the engine completetly and put it in neutral and release clutch pedal. By the way, this noise also occurs when going over speed bumps.
To me this seems to indicate itís a suspension problem, and not a flywheel/clutch problem (both flywheel and clutch were replaced less than a year ago because of a shattered dual mass flywheel, another one of the frequent Focus TDCI problems; I think the focus Ė or at least mine- has poor reliability!) or a problem with the gearbox. Also the noise doesnít get worse when cornering at low speed, probably indicating it is not a matter of faulty cardan shaft/joint, right???
Took it to the local dealer couple of weeks ago when the noise first started, and they said maybe it was the stabilizer. But as the mechanic found no indication of looseness, he told me to continue driving until things got worse. Things definitely got worse, but still no looseness in the stabilizer.
Anyone experiencing the same problems? If so, has someone got an idea on what might cause the noise?