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Old 11-14-2013, 03:20 PM   #31
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I would suggest seeing if the endlinks are bad first...try disconnecting them and see if the noise goes away (jack car up, take off wheel, unbolt one of the endlinks. Put car the wheel back on, drop the car and test drive.) If it is, replacing those easy. Although after this many miles and years, good chance the front/rear struts need to be replaced soon.
Going back over this I realized I didn't quite get what you said here. the end links are part of what--the anti-sway bar? is that what the guy in this vid is working on in this vid: (It starts right at about 4:33)

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Old 11-14-2013, 03:29 PM   #32
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This is an endlink.



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Ah, thanks! good pic. :)
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #34
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There's a good thread on FocalJet about how to handle them.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:47 PM   #35
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There's a good thread on FocalJet about how to handle them.
just signed up there so i could search, but do you have a link?
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #36
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Ok, gonna wave my noob flag proudly here! Questions to follow. To remind anyone who doesn't want to read this whole thread, I have a clunking noiise coming from the front passenger side, most loudly when I am nearly slowed to a stop and turning right to left, as while straightening the wheels while entering a parking spot.

I went exploring the front suspension etc during today's lunch break. All I had was the jack that you get with the car, so I wasn't able to play with loading the suspension with the wheel off. That said, this is what I found--

Passenger side (the side where my clunk is coming from)
  • End link felt solid
  • strut felt solid
  • axle had some play (subjectively--3/16's of an inch) when I grabbed it and pushed it back and forth along its axis

Driver's side (the quiet side)
  • End link felt solid
  • strut felt solid
  • axle had some play (subjectively 1/16th of an inch), but not as much as the passenger's side axle

Questions:
  1. would I be able to tell anything about anything this way? For example, if the end links were bad, would having negative load on the suspension make it impossible to tell?
  2. Would a bad strut mount be obvious either with or without negative or positive load on the suspension?
  3. Is the axle supposed to have play along its axis? could that be my problem, and not the strut mount as the guys at Firestone said?
  4. Is there a way to tell if the strut mount is actually the problem without removing the strut?

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Old 11-18-2013, 03:08 PM   #37
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Focus endlinks will "clunk" when driving over bumps/potholes at normal speed, not what you're describing. The play in your axles sounds normal, and a strut is a heavy duty item that's not gonna budge much by tugging on it unless you have the forearms of Popeye. Although you don't like Firestone's price, their diagnosis sounds right.

you might be in a little over your head on this one. if your experience to date is limited to replacing windshield washer hoses and lights, then a strut job is a giant leap and you might wanna grab an experienced buddy for the afternoon and do the job together.
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Focus endlinks will "clunk" when driving over bumps/potholes at normal speed, not what you're describing. The play in your axles sounds normal, and a strut is a heavy duty item that's not gonna budge much by tugging on it unless you have the forearms of Popeye. Although you don't like Firestone's price, their diagnosis sounds right.

you might be in a little over your head on this one. if your experience to date is limited to replacing windshield washer hoses and lights, then a strut job is a giant leap and you might wanna grab an experienced buddy for the afternoon and do the job together.
Thanks. I think I'll be able to handle it, but good advice anyway, sir. I'm pretty handy as long as I have the right tools. I do have a friend who can advise me, a neighbor, so he's close at hand. And he used to work as a mechanic so he's fully equipped. bonus!

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Just be very careful while doing this job. Serious injury is entirely possible if its done wrong. Most of the work can be done alone, but don't try and tackle disassembly of the strut alone. When using the spring compressors don't put your fingers in the coils and don't put your face over the assembly until you are 100% sure its tightened.

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Old 11-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #40
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Just be very careful while doing this job. Serious injury is entirely possible if its done wrong. Most of the work can be done alone, but don't try and tackle disassembly of the strut alone. When using the spring compressors don't put your fingers in the coils and don't put your face over the assembly until you are 100% sure its tightened.

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I'm not planning to build the strut. I'll buy the kit pre assembled from rockauto.com. So hopefully no need to worry! My face and fingers are too important to me...not that the face is much to look at.

if you watch the vid I posted earlier, you'll understand how I plan to go about it.

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