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Old 03-30-2009, 01:04 PM   #1
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Question Front Suspension Rattle...

My 2005 ZX5 with 80,000. miles on it has developed a rattle in the front suspension on the driver's side.

It is most noticeable at lower speeds, 5 to 20 MPH on uneven pavement.

I'm thinking, worn out bushings?

Is this rattle typical of Focus's with higher mileage?

Any suggestions?


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^^I have the same small noise on my driver side at those speeds on rough roads....in my SVT...ive been thinking ball joints but will those make noise when they go bad?
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I raised the vehicle the other day and checked for slop in ball joint, to my surprise it was tight.
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check out the end links and tie rod ends.
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End links im 95% sure of it. That exact discription is what happens when they go bad. Raise the front of your car good. Get under there and grab the sway by the link and violently shake up down side to side and you should be able to her a clunk. There should be absolutly no noise if they are good.
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jack it up and use your tire as leverage side to side and up and down is the easiest way to find lose bushings without sticking your friend on the hood while your driving. Just f@%% with you don't drive with your friend on the hood it dents too easy.
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End links im 95% sure of it. That exact discription is what happens when they go bad. Raise the front of your car good. Get under there and grab the sway by the link and violently shake up down side to side and you should be able to her a clunk. There should be absolutly no noise if they are good.
That makes sense, so that's what I'll check this weekend.

Thanks for your help.
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By end link, do you guys mean the 6" vertical rod that connects the stabilizer bar to the frame?
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