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Old 07-02-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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Clunk After Suspension Install

I installed a new LCA (w/ new ball joint), outer tie rod, strut, and wheel bearing on my RH front corner last weekend and I've had a clunk every time I go over a bump ever since. I went back and torqued everything correctly (and did the LCA in the correct sequence), but it's still making this noise. I never had this noise before this install, so I'm guessing it's the LCA or strut, but have no idea why...?

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check sway bar end links?
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I installed a new LCA (w/ new ball joint), outer tie rod, strut, and wheel bearing on my RH front corner last weekend and I've had a clunk every time I go over a bump ever since. I went back and torqued everything correctly (and did the LCA in the correct sequence), but it's still making this noise. I never had this noise before this install, so I'm guessing it's the LCA or strut, but have no idea why...?

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everything is tight?

could be the swaybar end link not being tight or all the way seated. I know it might look like it is but it might not be.

jack the lower control arm up and get where there is no stress on the endlink and try to tighten it more..

it also might have gone bad after the install
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double check the strut assembly nut (main nut ontop of spring). more than likely thats loose and its best tightened off the car with a spring compressor

Also, did you reuse the strut bearing in the assembly? because those notoriously go bad.
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i had a similar problem when i installed my lowering springs. its when the springs are getting adjusted, over time they will sit firmly and the noise will go away
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Diagnose: while driving slowly, turn your wheel full lock right. Straighten wheel. Do the same left. If you have the 'clunk', it is one of your strut bearings. The spring needs to rotate on the bearing. If the bearing is binding, the spring twists in the seat and makes a "clunk" noise during decompression. If not that, the second most reported cause in the front sway bar end links.
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Thanks for all the help; I'll try those all out!
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