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Old 10-15-2009, 02:30 PM   #1
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Loud clunk noise whenever I turn or go over a bump

Just purchased this 2001 Focus SE Sedan a week ago, and now im hearing a loud clunking noise whenever I go over a bump or turn. When I turn back and forth quickly it sounds HORRIBLE.

Should I take off the front wheels and see if anything seems loose? (tie rods, ex.)

What is wrong with my Focus...


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Old 10-15-2009, 03:23 PM   #2
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Ok, its defiantly comming from the front passenger side of the car. Ive took off both wheels and tried to duplicate the sound outside of the car, but I cant get anything...Even when at a stand still, and turning the wheel back and forth, I cannot reproduce the same sound.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:11 PM   #3
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Probably your sway bar link. Take it loose and drive around for a short time, and see if that stops it. If so, time for a new pair of links...
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You'll have to excuse me, but I'm not extremely familiar with the mechanics of cars. What exactly do you mean by the sway bar link?

Here's a pic I took while I was testing everything out for any looseness...
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http://web.archive.org/web/200708141...barendlink.htm

Check this out, sway bar links are like 18 buck a piece at any autostore.
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There is no wiggle room at all in the sway bar link...Had my brother take a look at it, he's pretty sure its the strut...
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Those things have a ball joint in each end of them. They won't wiggle, but the ball joint pops in and out, and makes all that racket. It takes a good amount of force to get them to pop - like the weight of the car.

Seriously - take it loose from the strut and drive around the block. Cheap, easy fix if I'm right, and you lose 5 minutes of your day if I'm wrong.
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There is no wiggle room at all in the sway bar link...Had my brother take a look at it, he's pretty sure its the strut...
Yeah, depending on mileage struts should be replaced every 50k or so depending on your road conditions. The tops of our struts use a bearing in the mount, so replacing the strut mount is a good idea every other strut change- if you don't notice any problems. IMO, the springs should be tested or replaced at the same interval by purchasing a strut assembly.
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I need to make a word document cause I say this so much. LOL.

OK..... go to either the driver's or passengers side of the car...... grab that black rubber strip on the roof of the car, and start to rock the car back and forth (so technically side to side). You should be able to replicate the sound. If so, it is most likely the sway bar links.....

if not, definitely check the struts....... (I dunno though, if what you guys say every 50K miles, I should have changed them twice by now. LOL)
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:56 PM   #10
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Ok, so my brother decided to try tightening the bolt at the top of the strut, and it seems to have helped...does this make any sense? Neither of us have any idea what tightening the bolt even does, but it does seem to have made it harder to reproduce the sound when driving.

B3NN3TT - It's safe to loosen that bolt and go driving around? (The one at the very top of that pic is the one I think you're talking about)

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