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Old 11-03-2018, 01:28 PM
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2005, 107,000 miles, Kinetix FUCAs, eibach springs, tokico struts. Aftermarket has 2years/20k miles on them. Everything else is presumed to be stock/original to the car
I have been trying to diagnose this for months with no luck. I cannot diagnose exactly where the sound(s) is/are coming from, but it is definitely coming from both sides. I suspect I may have more than one problem.
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I am getting a creaking and clunking noise in the front suspension when I turn the wheel left to right and right to left, AND when coming to a stop. It is very prominent and present in warm weather (>70*) and when the car heats up, In cold weather, it takes a while before the sound begins, on setting only as the car warms up. It is very very loud at lower speeds, and less so at speeds greater than 20+mph.

-Because I get clunking when I come to a stop, I have looked at the front LCA bushings for wear, especially the inner bushing that tend to give out allowing the LCA to slide forward when decelerating. However, the bushings on both sides look intact and there is no play in the LCA.

-Payed special attention to the ball joint since the car is lowered ~1" and there seems to be a lot of reports of ball joints wearing out quickly when lowered, but they also do not appear to be significantly worn or torn, and have no visible play. I've tried looking for play in the wheels by shaking it up and down (12 and 6 o'clock), and left to right (3 and 9 o'clock), and there does not appear to be play in either wheel. I've tried leveraging a metal bar underneath the wheel to see if I could observe any vertical play in the ball joint, and did not see any.

-Suspected perhaps a tie rod or the steering rack itself, but steering is tight with no deadzoning, no wandering. There is no play when tugging or trying to move the tie rods.

-Checked into sway bar bushings and end links and cannot find any damage to them as well.

I've got a date with Nissan over this, which marks the first time in almost 6 years that I may be outsourcing a repair, so this is my last effort to keep the combo going haha
I am all ears on suggestions.

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Old 11-03-2018, 02:06 PM
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It may sound obvious, but when I installed my Z1 UCAs I missed one bolt with the torque wrench and it was way high, clunking sound over bumps. I put it back to 35 ft lbs and bingo, almost perfect. It would be good to have a spotter in pass seat to take note on speed, bumps etc for that side of the car.

One thing that might help- Heavy grease, spray lube, etc on 1 part at a time driving up to 5 miles. If the noise goes away you have a starting point. If you get impatient and hit everything at once, you'll never know which component needs attention. If you hire an honest tech, he'll find it (hopefully). If not, you'll throw parts at it. gl!
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:44 AM
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Also check your sway bar bushings. If those are worn out or missing, they can cause noises. Could be a $12 fix
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by firekrave1 View Post
Also check your sway bar bushings. If those are worn out or missing, they can cause noises. Could be a $12 fix
oops. I missed that sentence. Sorry.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:29 AM
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I set aside all of Sunday to give jhc's suggestion a try, I can't believe it never occured to me to soak each part one at a time to pinpoint the noise... Anyways, it was 56* outside so I went to get a baseline for the noise and nothing! Drove for 40 minutes trying to get it warm enough to get some creaking and clunking going on, and nothing the entire time. So frustrating, but I suppose it indicates that this is temperature dependent, doesn't help a whole lot.
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I've got annoying clunks and creeks up front. It gives the whole car a rickety vibe. Pretty much the same situation as the OP. I was searching both sides last night but didn't think to diagnose via lubricant. Anyway I saw a suggestion on another thread that creeks may be caused by disintegrated paper gaskets between the struts an chassis. I've been busy all over the rest of the front end that I haven't had time.
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