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Old 06-01-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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RESOLVED - Help me diagnose a new noise?

I hear a troubling noise and I'm not sure what's going on - car is as described in my profile.

History
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Within the few weeks I have:

1. Installed the M-3000ZX3 suspension kit, and replaced all mounting hardware, thrust bearings, link arms, bushings, etc. that did not come with the kit.

2. Had an alignment done, all 4 wheels.

3. Bought & installed used 16" 2005 ST wheels with mediocre tires on them that need to be replaced. (New tires incoming, today.)

4. 117,500 miles on the car, I change the oil and do all maintenance religiously. Auto-trans pan has been dropped and filter, gasket, fluid replaced within last 30k miles.

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I hear a strange rattling / scraping noise that seems to be coming from the front right area while I'm driving. I only hear it when I'm accelerating, with power to the wheels. If I put the auto-trans in neutral and rev the engine, I do not hear it.

Trans fluid good, engine oil good, all fluids OK.

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Old 06-01-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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I'm afraid it has to do with my half-shafts / CV joints. :(

I did the suspension kit myself, it was a lot of work. How are those shafts to remove / replace? I figure if I have to do one side, I might as well do both sides...

I'm looking at the Ford Workshop Manual, there are a couple specialized tools called out in there...
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Rattling/scraping noise sounds like a front brake dust shield that got "tweaked" too close to something that rotates (rotor) while you were working in there.

REAL easy to have happen, and you don't notice 'till the "test drive"...

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Old 06-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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Well I have observed that it happens when accelerating straight, and seems worse when accelerating in a right turn. It seems to go away when accelerating in a left turn.

Tomorrow morning I'll jack it up and remove the right wheel and see what's doing in there.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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I swear I'm not stalking you...

Axles really aren't that bad, it's just that you'll have to take everything apart almost.

This will help! How-To Remove/Replace MTX axles (No 56k)
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
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I priced complete CV shafts today at Advance Auto Parts - 70 bucks per side. I'm going to buy the wheel bearing kit too - comes with the hub, bearing, etc. for $56 a side.

Not bad! I'm going to have a local shop do the work - I'm still burnt out after doing my suspension kit.
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it could be lower ball joint? i just replaced mine, or sway bar end links? or even maybe a bad strut mount?
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:37 PM   #8
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All new CV shafts and wheel hub assemblies, with new bearings.

Still have the noise - based on more research and reading here, I'm going with the passenger side motor mount.

Grinding Noise when accelerating
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AWWW YAH!

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See link above.

Many thanks to all of you here at FF! :)
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