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Old June 7th, 2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Help finding front end popping noise


Hello everyone. My car is making a popping noise from the front driver side when I drive over a pothole/bump. It sounds similar to the swaybar endlink noises, but I just changed them and noise is still there. Any help would be greatly appreciated because this sound drives me crazy

Also I have changed my struts before, but I didn't change the strut to spindle mounting kit (I read that these are one-time use). Could that be making the noise? The mechanic also told me that the wheel bearing is getting loose and that it should be changed later on, but I don't think that would make the noise. Thanks for any help
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Old June 8th, 2012, 09:37 AM   #2
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Mine was doing the same thing, tighten the main nuts on the struts at the top of the strut towers. They may not seem loose, but I tightened mine, and the noise quit
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Make sure your lugnuts are tight
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check the inside wheel well cover. i was missing a screw and it made a REALLY annoying popping sound because it would flex and pop when i went over bumps. and is that you saleh?
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Sounds to me like the plate that your spring attachs to on the strut is going bad, that's happened twice on my fathers car, all after he lowered it
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Old June 12th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by cobra241 View Post
Sounds to me like the plate that your spring attachs to on the strut is going bad, that's happened twice on my fathers car, all after he lowered it
You mean the upper strut mount rubber seat? I don't think it would be that, the noise doesn't sound rubbery. Besides I already have MM c/c and they make some noise, so if it's the strut seat then the noises would be coming from around the same place. This noise seems more towards the bottom.

Coops6er that sounds like a good idea. I had every part of the front end checked at three places, so maybe we're over-complicating it and it is simple as that.

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It's not so much the rubber, its the bearing inside, when we took them off his car, the rubber littetly feel off and little bearing balls fell out, his would pop when he steers it and over some bumps, there coil struts and the spring turns with the strut which is why it pops
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Originally Posted by DrSunday View Post
You mean the upper strut mount rubber seat? I don't think it would be that, the noise doesn't sound rubbery. Besides I already have MM c/c and they make some noise, so if it's the strut seat then the noises would be coming from around the same place. This noise seems more towards the bottom.

Coops6er that sounds like a good idea. I had every part of the front end checked at three places, so maybe we're over-complicating it and it is simple as that.

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My rear lugnuts came loose after installing new wheels and made an awful popping noise while driving so it's just a thought
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Originally Posted by Coops6er View Post
My rear lugnuts came loose after installing new wheels and made an awful popping noise while driving so it's just a thought
Just checked them today, they're on tight. Also I checked my strut bearing not to long ago, when the noise was there.

I noticed today that the strut tower brace was crushing the washers, so I'm going to replace them soon and hope it gets rid of the noise. Thanks for all the help guys
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Trying taking the strut plate off and see if it rolls free or binds. Yes it might be on tight but it could still be shot
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Originally Posted by cobra241 View Post
Trying taking the strut plate off and see if it rolls free or binds. Yes it might be on tight but it could still be shot
If the strut mounts are shot, can't you usually tell just by turning the wheel. I'll try fixing the STB washers, and if the noise is still there, I'll try your suggestion when I go for my inspection & tuneup in July. Thanks for the help buddy!
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Does it pop when it is turned? If so it prob is that cap I'm talking about
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Originally Posted by cobra241 View Post
Does it pop when it is turned? If so it prob is that cap I'm talking about
No sound when turned, the bearing is fairly new as well, can't be more than a year old. I dont think its that causing the noise.
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The bearing is the cap
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Old June 14th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by cobra241 View Post
The bearing is the cap
Actually my bad man. I forgot that when I upgraded to the GT500 strut mounts, they didn't include the cap/bearing. I'm still pretty sure the noise though is from the STB washers. The noise is coming from the left side, where the washers have bent the most. The noise also started a few weeks after installing the brace. I haven't been able to change it because I've been busy with my moms bday and a friend's wedding, but I'll let you know if that was the cause of the problem, or the caps like you said
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