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Old 11-03-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Front End Noise

I am trying so hard to figure out what is up with my front end.


There's a knocking in my front end, and some sort of grinding noise when at speeds of 30-40MPH. Slight shake when traveling, but no shake at freeway speeds.


Ball Joints? Bearings? I just put in new front struts and springs.


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Motor mount? Upper strut mount (if so, I will be kicking myself, just did front struts last week)?
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
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Give us some more info..

Does it happen..
at higher rpms?
certain gear?
when your turning?
always happens or only sometimes?

I would start by looking at your ball joints and any bearings. But it seems by what you said it only happens at a certain speed.
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annoying knocking in front end (front right, specifically)

annoying dragging/grinding noise in front end, disappearing at higher speeds


I'm tempted to think that bearings, tie rods and ball joints are all in bad shape. The car does have nearly 150K. Tomorrow I'm going to shake on the wheels and see if I get any play.

Doesn't happen when turning, and it happens at pretty much all speeds. Only knocking over bumps, but I also get this weird grinding/dragging noise at ~30-40MPH.


Two different issues?
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #5
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Front end links?
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I hate the front end noise. It could be soooo many things. Well it doesn't sound like your cv axles. I would start with checking the ball joints and motor mounts to ensure nothing is completely shot and causing metal on metal rubbing. Definitely shake on the wheel and see if you got play.

Good luck and sorry I couldn't be much help. Sounds like your on the right track as far as what to start checking.
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http://youtu.be/4ulQRSdogHs

This video leads me to believe end links. However, I would not rule out ball joints and motor mounts. Positive it's not CV joints, no clicking when I turn, and the boots themselves are fine.


It just sucks.....some fixes are easy and cheap, others are ugly and expensive.
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What was replaced along with the struts? Just the strut itself or was it the whole assembly? Who did the work?
Clunking, I would look to end links, recheck struts.
Grinding, I would check brakes and wheel bearing.
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Jacked the car in the air today and did a wiggle test on the front wheels



Drivers side - Normal

Passenger side (where I've heard the noise) no Noon-6 movement, but too much 9-3 movement, and an audible soft clunk.


I'm guessing end links and tie rod ends, possibly a wheel bearing.


FYI, the noise was present before the struts were replaced, so I'm pretty sure it's not the struts. (But if it's the strut bearings, I'm going to slap myself. I passively thought about replacing them when the strut was off...)
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Found out it was bearings. Both bearings are toast, and I need new front endlinks.


And to add insult to injury, some idiot decided to try and either steal my wheels or try and loosen my lugnuts. Lug stud broke off and ruined my new Contour E1 wheel. (holes are ovoid)


New Question:

How much should getting a new lug stud cost? The part is only like $2, and I predict an hour of labor, tops.
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