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Suspension Clunk - Strut Mount?

Old 10-31-2017, 01:38 PM
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Suspension Clunk - Strut Mount?

At slow speeds over bumps I hear a clunking from my suspension. It is definitely the front and seems to be both the right and the left. Stabilizer links are secure and not worn out. Bouncing the car by hand doesn't not produce the noise. Dampers are still working correctly. Ball joints and bushings on the lower control arm are secure and have no free play. Steering knuckle is secure and has no free plate.

The last thing (which I can't rule out without disassembly) is the strut mount bushing is probably worn out. Does anyone have experience with these failing? Does this make sense to the community on here?

I did a lot of searching and most people talked about stabilizer links. I was hoping to make one dedicated to failures of strut mount bushings.

I'd rather not spend $ before I know what it is (this is just my winter beater). I'd also rather not tear my whole front suspension apart and then have to drive my sports car on the roads now covered in Salt.

Thanks for your help,
Old 11-01-2017, 05:09 AM
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When the driver side end link failed on my car, I reproduced noise by opening drivers door and shaking car sideways by pulling down on the door; also it was an old mattress noise when I was getting on the seat.
Old 11-01-2017, 08:52 AM
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It's been my experience that you can't tell a noisy sway bar link by a visual inspection. You just need to replace 'em.

If you are truly money-adverse :-) you could try injecting grease into the rubber boots on the links via a needle attachment on a grease gun. See if that changes the noise.
Old 11-07-2017, 12:21 PM
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My experience you can always tell bad ball joints and bushings by wiggling them.

After a second inspection, I found the lower drivers sway bar link was indeed loose (worn out). I just had to pull a little harder (by hand) on it and listen a little closer.
I replaced it last night, car sounds great this morning.

I do not recommend people pull up on the end of the door as mentioned above, as a designer of hinges and doors like this, I can tell you it is not meant to handle this sort of loading. You could bend your hings or the sheet metal hing mounts. If you must get more force on the link you can pry between the sway bar end and the subframe mounting location fairly easily.
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