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Old 18 Jan 2014, 09:03 am
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My 02 2.2CRD has an annoying front end noise... There is a metallic sounding clunk, usually when braking but also over bumps. Seems to be getting worse but at a loss to what it could be...

1) Initial thoughts were wheel bearings so replaced both of those... No luck!
2) Replaced all front end bushings... No luck!
3) removed and reconditioned both brake calipers... No luck!
4) installed new brake pads with new fitting springs... No luck! Beginning to get pissed off by this stage!
5) installed new brake discs... Still no luck!
6) installed new bottom ball joints... Still got annoying noise!

Going to spend time today checking the struts/springs but don't hold out much hope on them being the problem...

Anyone had this problem/know of anything else I could try? Thinking may be an engine mount but not too sure how to check this and seems too far over for the noise. Will put it on axle stands and give the tyre a few hefty smacks to try and get the noise to occur but really at a loss now.

Any help/advice greatly accepted.
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Old 18 Jan 2014, 11:31 am
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Thought I'd found the perfect garage to help! Lol
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Old 18 Jan 2014, 12:51 pm
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Default Re: Help with front end noise...

Have you tried sway bar mounting bushings. Disconnect both end links and see if noise goes away. If not your still looking.
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Default Re: Help with front end noise...

did you change the sway bar bushings where they connect to the frame? I had a metal to metal bumping noise on my 01 and that is what the noise was.
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did you change the sway bar bushings where they connect to the frame? I had a metal to metal bumping noise on my 01 and that is what the noise was.
Yep, thats why I told them to disconnect to diagnose for that. That way if not it they can spend their money on another effort.
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Old 18 Jan 2014, 02:02 pm
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Yep, replaced them with Nrgy bushes when I did the rest. Will take the bar off and give it a spin tomorrow in the off chance but they should be good.
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Old 18 Jan 2014, 02:04 pm
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Is it ok to run without sway bar, just to test?
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Old 18 Jan 2014, 02:33 pm
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Is it ok to run without sway bar, just to test?
Yes, just expect a lot more body roll. So easy in the turns. But if you replaced the mounting and end link bushings I would expect that wont be your problem. But you will know at least.
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Have you located the sound/noise?
I have the same problem at my car when Im driving on a bumpy road.

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Have you located the sound/noise?
I have the same problem at my car when Im driving on a bumpy road.
We've moved on.....View this thread:Nkock/clunk from front suspension
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