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Old 08-22-2018, 09:56 AM   #1
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Tock Tock Noise Driver Side Front.. Need Help!

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3 months ago (June 2018), I replaced the entire front suspension (struts, shocks, bearings, mounts and nuts/bolts). The end links/outer tie rods are 1 year old. The lower control arms are 2 years old.

The car was put on the road in September 2012 and has 75k miles.

Since the last week of July, There's a tock tock noise, located front left (driver side). The noise is there between 0 and 10 mph.

I was able to get the dealer to replace the strut bearing under warranty and the problem persist.

I'll be replacing the end link again this weekend.

Everything is OEM and the suspension is the touring (base Titanium 2013).

I am open to replace parts but I don't want to start replacing everything also... any suggestion? Any previous experience?

The noise seem to originate from the top of the car, driver side. BUT, I also felt something in the pedal once or twice...


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If it is anything like on the Fusion/Mondeo you might check the alignment of the strut. I had the same noise in my previous Mondeo coming from atop the strut and it turned out that the garage installed the strut not according the Ford description and had it improperly alligned. I went to another garage and they corrected it by simply dismantling it and putting it back together following the Etis directions....no more knocking.
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If it is anything like on the Fusion/Mondeo you might check the alignment of the strut. I had the same noise in my previous Mondeo coming from atop the strut and it turned out that the garage installed the strut not according the Ford description and had it improperly alligned. I went to another garage and they corrected it by simply dismantling it and putting it back together following the Etis directions....no more knocking.
The strut assembly is well assembled. The bearing's mark is aligned with the strut and the 3 dots on the top plate are pointing toward the engine.

Yesterday, I had my wife sit in the car. I found out that with the engine off, playing with the steering wheel make a "clicking" noise. If I touch the strut tower, you can feel the click. You can feel the click until the middle of the strut brace. Touching the bottom of the strut/hub, you feel nothing.

This is weird.

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You can test if its the endlinks but just removing them (or one of them for that matter) and driving around. If the noise is gone, that is your culprit, easier to diagnose vs just replacing right away. Try and see if you can tell if the sway bar is centered between both ends while you are there too
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You can test if its the endlinks but just removing them (or one of them for that matter) and driving around. If the noise is gone, that is your culprit, easier to diagnose vs just replacing right away. Try and see if you can tell if the sway bar is centered between both ends while you are there too
How do you that? Tape measure between sway bar bushing and the curve?

I'll try the end link idea you have this weekend. Are you thinking that the sway bar moved and now the end link is pulling the strut out of alignment?

Not my car but it sound like that:

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How do you that? Tape measure between sway bar bushing and the curve?

I'll try the end link idea you have this weekend. Are you thinking that the sway bar moved and now the end link is pulling the strut out of alignment?
No, it wont pull your strut out of alignment but sway bar itself could possibly make contact with something causing a noise...not that common though. Were you able to diagnose if the noise was endlink related though? They are more common to prematurely wear out and make noise
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No, it wont pull your strut out of alignment but sway bar itself could possibly make contact with something causing a noise...not that common though. Were you able to diagnose if the noise was endlink related though? They are more common to prematurely wear out and make noise
I installed a new link (I double ordered last year) and it changed nothing. Replaced the strut mount (the bearing was replaced last Tuesyda) and nothing. The noise is still.

I don't think it's coming from the strut... I am going to keep looking tonight.
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So I went to another dealer today (the one near my house is bad) and they found out that the shim under the strut mount shouldn't be there if you have the latest strut bearing revision. So thanks to the dealer near my house who said it had to be there...

In the latest shop manual, they say to remove the shim and trash it.
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