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Very common problem on this vehicle is a banging noise in the front end on bumps , the first thing i would replace next on the info you have given is the sway bar links and sway bar frame mount bushings.
Posted on Oct 28, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
are you tightening it up with the car on the ground or jacked up ?
Posted on Oct 23, 2008
you could have more than one problem the vibration accelrating maybe an inner cv joint ,if you just had the tires replace and an aligment done they should have checked the front end for worn out ball joint and tierods but the wheel bearing may not have any movment but can still make noise
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
SOURCE: 2000 Lexus ES300 - 45K
Are you sure this is a rattle or is it more of a creaking noise? I have a 2000 ES300 and had an issue when I would go over speed bumps and the noise would drive me nuts! However replacing the bushing in the top of the strut mount is expensive due to the labor involved.. Replacement of the strut or the bushing isn't necessary. Just open the hood, locate the strut housing and you ll be able to see the black rubber bushing in the middle. Obtain a can of Heavy Duty silicone aerosol spray and attach a straw to the spray tip. Using a flathead screwdriver wedge the screwdriver between the top of the bushing and the metal pushing the screwdriver all the way to the edge of the metal underneath the roof of the metal housing. Then pry the edge of the bushing away from the metal housing so that the top of the edge of the bushing exposed and stick the straw end of the silicone into the spot and spray generously. Only slight bushing movement will be obtained as the bushing is pretty stiff but it will be enough. Work your way around using this technique until you get the spray fully around the bushing 360 degrees getting it into the area between the edge of the bushing and the metal. Then spray the silicone onto the top of the bushing filling it all the way up until it spills over the metal. After it drains down, repeat again making sure you fill it above the rim of the bushing so it seeps into the area between the bushing and he metal housing (or frame) because this is where the rubbing is taking place that is creating that awful noise. Repeat on the other side and your done. The main goal is to get the silicone into the area between the metal and the bushing along the edge. This happens to be the way I was able to do it. This totally solved my problem and now the car is so quiet there aren't any knocking, creaking or rattling noises. This was a hard solution to explain without visuals, hope you can follow. This will work for sure. The Heavy Duty Silicone spray I used was manufactured by CRC and I bought it from Walmart.
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
Change the sway bar links. They're pretty cheap, and some aftermarket ones come with grease fittings.
Mine is making a very loud creaking noise when I turn the wheels (to the right). I just bought new sway bar links today because I had a similar problem on my wife's focus. When I finish changing them, I'll let you know how it comes out....
If that doesn't fix the creaking noise, I'll change the front strut. (A friend suggested that this would create this noise)
Posted on Oct 08, 2009
You can drive on those struts untill it has no sping, and even then it is just dangerous because of bad handling. If it is you struts, then your car should bounce up and down if you tap the brakes, because the gas seal is leaking.
Struts are very easy to replace. The only special tool is a spring compressor, but it is easy to use, and you may be able to borrow one at an auto parts store like the AutoZone. Just a couple bolts at the top and bottom, and it comes right out. They cost less than $100.
If it doesn't bounce...it could be your half-shaft. Does it click when you make a turn backing up?
Posted on Jan 27, 2010
Testimonial: "Thanks Captain, I'm worried now that the noise is not coming from the struts because the car does not bounce. What is a Half Shaft? "
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