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He mentioned end links in the OP. I just discovered that as mine progress, I can even produce the sound sitting still, turning from lock to lock.... Gotta be top hats, right? Struts are way way overdue, could that exacerbate the issue?


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Okay so I just installed new front strut assemblies, the entire shabang. Noise is still there. Sounds exactly the same as it did - click/clunk/pop. WTF.

Before, I didn't even have to be moving to make mine happen, just have to turn the wheel back and forth. It doesn't seem to be doing that today (I say today because some days it seems quieter and some days it's noiser). It happens consistently as the car rocks back from acceleration, and rocks forward from braking... but only once. For example, if I take off from a stop sign, it clunks. If I cruise and then accelerate again, it doesn't do it again. However, the first time I hit the brakes, it clicks "back into place". So it's like something is being noisy as it shifts around. If I am SUPER, beyond ridiculously careful and slow, I can manage to take off from a stop sign without it making noise. And in that case, since it didn't do it during acceleration, I won't hear it during the subsequent braking.

Turns, I haven't noticed turning makes much difference right now after changing the strut assemblies. Did my tie rods recently too.

I too, am ready to drive this thing off a cliff. I took a video so people can hear the noise. Waiting for it to upload and then I'll post the youtube link.

Update: https://youtu.be/OVrN_JxEpaQ


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I have an idea... to rule out endlinks for individual cases, couldn't they be detached for a test drive? I mean yea, you need your sway bar during normal use, but this could allow you to deny or confirm, correct? I'm not sure how unsafe this would be, if at all, for reasonable and lower speed testing, maybe in an empty parking lot.

EDIT: I tried it. The noise is still there. Didn't even make it 20 ft from the driveway, as soon as I backed out and started forward, there it was. pop pop click


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I'm in the same boat. New struts, mounts, springs. New end links front and rear. No sounds on bounce test. Can't find anything loose. Been to 2 mechanics and myself and brother in-law. replace PMM last week. I'm now thinking rear sway bar bushings.....
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IT STOPPED!!!!

I was idly under the car hunting for things that hadn't been checked yet, and started putting some focus on the control arms, and the bushings. I discovered the bushings are toast, BUT..... after a few tweaks, I drove the car later in the day today and the sound was no more. Ohhhh the silence.

What did I do? I gave all of the control arm bolts an extra 1/8 turn or so tighter, but I also got between an 1/8 and a 1/4 turn on the two bolts that I think hold the subframe to the car? Or maybe they're the bolts that go up and hold the sway bar down tight, I'm going from vague memory right now. There's two, each one nearly directly rearward from the control arm bolts. They're huge, they're either 19 or 21mm, impossible to miss.

Anyway, that fixed my problem. Let me reiterate, my noise was as if something was shifting forward and backward, so upon throttle, it would shift (maybe providing 2-3 pops), and no more upon throttle. Then, upon braking, it sounded like it shifted back to where it was before. Not really on bumps, but occasionally. Not really in turns, but occasionally. If I'm right about the shifting metal concept, that could certainly be happening over certain bumps or certain turns in certain situations.

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EDIT: Let me just say before anyone else does, yes, I am the asshole - because I should be making sure everything is always torqued correctly. Lesson learned!
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I'm hoping i can get home and torque some stuff down to make this stop for me. I just bought the car and he said he had never serviced anything besides regular oil changes. So im hoping that thousands of miles with a blown right strut has shaken some things out of spec.
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