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    Crackling sound in front suspension

    After getting home from the Griffith Observatory, I noticed my car began making a crackling sound that sounds like its coming from the front left area when in the driver's seat. I can hear it when I turn the steering wheel to the furthest left/right position and then accelerate. Other times, I can simply hear it when I accelerate. I have had several mechanics look at it and this is what they have said:
    • Brakes (overheated because of the downhill slope in the Hollywood Hills, sounds like BS to me)
    • Front Left Strut Mount & Upper Control Arm (they want to charge me $69 for simply disassembling the area and inspecting it)
    • Front Left Stabilizer Link (This is my personal mechanic, did engine mounts and throttle body service, plus he lives next door...he showed me that the link has some play)

    So what do you guys think? Any other suggestions? Thanks

    -Roger

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    Re: Crackling sound in front suspension

    have to go with personal mechanic, after all if you can't trust him who can you trust?

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    Re: Crackling sound in front suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickCityStan View Post
    have to go with personal mechanic, after all if you can't trust him who can you trust?
    Thanks for the suggestion, any one else care to suggest any other part that might be faulty.

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    Any one else?

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    Re: Crackling sound in front suspension

    [QUOTE=rzambrano;2494657]Any one else?[/QUOTE

    Is the neighbor's cat missing?

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    Well I removed both Sway Bar Links and they both seem intact. I really need help here, I start school tomorrow (>20 miles from home) and really need my car running well.

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    Re: Crackling sound in front suspension

    Could it be tire rub on the wheel-liner?

    What tires are fitted in front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3 View Post
    Could it be tire rub on the wheel-liner?

    What tires are fitted in front?
    I have the OEM tires, 235....something 17, i think. They are the Michelin mxh4 something.

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    Re: Crackling sound in front suspension

    It's worth ensuring the liners are affixed properly. If you're sure the noise is coming from the front, first turn the wheel full one way and inspect the liner mounting & pins. Reverse the wheel & repeat. You might want to move the car a bit while turning the wheel, just to make it easy.

    It's probably something else, but if this is it, you can save a visit to a shop.

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    Re: Crackling sound in front suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3 View Post
    It's worth ensuring the liners are affixed properly. If you're sure the noise is coming from the front, first turn the wheel full one way and inspect the liner mounting & pins. Reverse the wheel & repeat. You might want to move the car a bit while turning the wheel, just to make it easy.

    It's probably something else, but if this is it, you can save a visit to a shop.
    Ill give this a try. And I will because when I had my front fascia in the shop, after reinstalling I lost half the retainers, so I half-assed the installation back. Hopefully thats the problem. Thanks.

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    So now my car seems to be bottoming out. I suspect that the struts/shocks might be the culprit.

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