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Old 03-31-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Angry Front suspension rattling/squeaking....please help!!

I have a 2002 Focus ZTS (stock), and for a while now (maybe a year or so) there has been almost a constant rattling/squeaking from the front suspension. It happens pretty much anytime you go over a rough surface (potholes, uneven road, speed bumps, etc.). So, as you can imagine, this is pretty annoying. I don't know anything when it comes to suspension. Engine...sure, tranny...sure, but not suspension. I know these things are hard to diagnose over the internet but any advice or just an idea about anything, especially if it's something I might be able to do myself. I'm just trying to see what it is and how much more money I have pour into this stinkin' car before it works without an issue.

Thanks in advance for any help, and if you need more info on anything, just let me know.


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Post basic suspension noise diagnosis 101

start by jacking the car up, checking for obviously loose suspension parts by shaking/twisting the road wheel, listen for clunks, feel for looseness. (ignore the clunk of steering wheel hitting the column lock mechanisim)

Sometimes you can use a heavy mallet to smack the tire (not rim) and see if you can get the noise to show up that way.

Then have a friend continue to smack the tire while you try to locate the noise by placing your hand on different parts of the suspension till you can "feel" the same noise you hear, then start loooking at all the connecting points and pivots for that part.

IF it's not a major clunk/rattle I would suspect a stabilizer bar link is loose, or a problem with the steering linkage.

If its a larger noise, maybe a strut, ball joint or control arm bushing.

Another thing to check would be the brake caliper and brackets, but you would probably feel some other problems or noises associated with braking not just over bumps, but keep that open as a possible source of noise over bumps.


There are rattle clips and shims that keep the pads/calipers from rattling, if these parts are missing you usually get noises over bumps until the brakes are applied, then it gets quieter.
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That reminds me....I'm about to put new brake pads on, the dealer said I had about 1mm left on them, & my rotors also need to be replaced that they had less than 25mm left and that is the minimum. Is that true? I bought this car used with about 52k miles on it, and it now has about 112k. Could any of that be contributing to this suspension issue?
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The pads could be rattling if they are almost gone. Get the brakes done and see how it sounds afterwards
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