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Old 08-15-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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Unhappy clunking in front going over bumps..

ok so i posted here because i feel like its a suspension problem, that stated...
stock 2003 svt focus with 74,xxx miles, I hear a clunking noise when going over bumps from the front end, I plan on getting under there and yanking stuff around to see if anything is loose, but I want the opinions of others,
could my suspension just be on its way out?
could it be that stupid factory rear engine mount again? (replaced 20k miles ago)
sway bar end links or bushings crapped out?
trans-axle giving up on me? (i doubt that)
let me know what you guys think, i appreciate the input, thanks!


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Old 08-16-2007, 11:15 AM   #2
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The end links and motor mounts are easy enough to check...have you?
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:21 AM   #3
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Have you replaced your control arm? Mine was bent and throwing in some performance bushings solved the issue for the most part. There is also a TSB out for the suspension... I believe Hillbish Ford would be able to give you a run down of what they're looking for.
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:23 AM   #4
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I am starting to experience something similar....I am worried that it might be my CV joint because it is definitely not my motor mounts as they were just upgraded.

I sure hope it's not a CV joint...
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:08 AM   #5
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I just had this problem. It was a bad end-link.
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i would say you could have a broken coil if it is to one side or the other
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End links clunk over bumps and after hard turns.

Loose struts (very rare, usually happens after replacing struts) clunk over bumps, and click and squeak in turns.

Ball joints clunk once just after starting moving, and just after stopping- even at parking lot speeds.

Outer CV joints clunk repeatedly first in full turns, then later in lesser turns, and finally in straight line acceleration which is when the axle should be replaced. Inner CV's don't generally clunk but will cause extreme vibration at steady speeds which disappears during acceleration.

Bad control arm bushings squeak at low speeds over bumps and in turns if any sound at all. Most of the time a loose suspension is the only indicator.

Front wheel bearings will cause vibrations in turns on the affected side, a dull roar easily mistaken for road noise, and before locking up will make a noticable rum rum rum sound at parking lot speeds.
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I'm going to check my end links this weekend
I'm damn sure i didnt break a spring
the motor mount is definately toast again; I'm just going to have to break down and buy a VF mount....
my CV joints are fine
not so sure about the wheel bearings although I'm feeling they aren't the issue; how long do they last on these cars? (I've never had to replace them in any other car I've ever owned, not even my 66 mustang with over 300k on it....)
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MAC makes a nice rear motor mount that's a little cheaper than the VF. It may not be quite as pretty as the VF (whose going to look under there anyway?), but it comes with zerks to keep the bushings lubricated which the VF doesn't have.
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what is a loose strut?
bearing cap loose? or tower bolts loose? pinch bolt?

mine is doing this now after putting teins on stock struts. left side feels great, but not the right.
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