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Old 18 Nov 2009, 09:49 pm
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Hi All,

I just signed up and have a strange problem with my 06 PT Touring with 86K miles. I've already had the typical front end rebuild done - lower control arms 20K ago (still fine), struts 20K ago, upper strut caps / bearing plates and sway bar links 2 weeks ago, and both right side motor mounts last month. All work performed at the dealer. The strange problem lies in a metal to metal clunk (sounds like lug nuts shaking in a coffee can) coming from the right front, when going over bumps. The dealer insists the entire front end is tight, but i think otherwise. I've had the inner fender liner out, the RS cowl cover and washer bottle out (checked for loose items under the cowl - nothing). Brakes are brand new - with rotors - no pad chatter. Even took the dash cover out and looked there - nothing moving around. I'm thinking it's a bad strut - but there are no signs of them being blown, and i was told they were fine when the bearing plates were done (thought the plates were the source of the noise). Am i possibly missing something here? Help would be appreciated.....thanks.

Frank
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Old 29 Nov 2009, 07:30 pm
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I just fixed it today. The top of the spring wasn't seated properly - protruding past the seat, and hitting the stud heads in the wheelhouse (for the motor mount). The strut was also leaking. I was able to see the scraping marks on the spring and the stud head. A buddy of mine has a floor mounted spring compressor, and we replaced the strut - clocking the spring to match the way the opposite side is seated. Now there is no contact with the stud heads.
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Old 29 Nov 2009, 07:39 pm
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Glad you found it and it was a fairly easy fix.
Thanx for the conclusion.
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Old 29 Nov 2009, 10:48 pm
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Glad you found it and it was a fairly easy fix.
Thanx for the conclusion.
Amen to that. Usually we don't get the cure and are left wondering...
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Old 30 Nov 2009, 08:10 pm
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Thanks. I put about 80 miles on it today - with the radio off !!!!Nice not to hear the rattle. Now i'm going to replace the left strut to even out the ride. Feels like a new car again.

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