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Front suspension noise

Even the smallest bumps cause a noise from the front suspension as if something is "bottoming-out". Shock absorption feels like it should and ride is still solid and there is no apparent looseness at all.

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  • tworide2002 Nov 21, 2008

    Thank you for going the extra mile to make the video demo of where to look. It's 20 degrees out right now but i will be going out on my lunch break and looking at the suspect joints from your video. I'll let you know what I find.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    when i drive my 2000 jimmy if i hit a bump it feels like there are no shocks it feels like i'm riding on a solid frame , i put new shocks on last month and the problem is still there

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If it's a loud bang then I had the same problem with mine after I took it in for some new front tyres. the mechanic said I needed a new steering rack...he was so wrong it makes me sick to think he gets payed for it.

had the camera handy so I put a quick video together for ya. Hope that's it.

http://files.filefront.com/004MOV/;12410360;/fileinfo.html

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