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Hi Bill, I'm glad to help! Rattles come from worn joints that are not holding together properly anymore. Here a way to see if you can find the part thats loose. If you have a rubber hammer you can tap on each individual parts to see if you hear a difference in sound. Example: If you tap on the ball joint on the right side, then tap on the ball joint on the left side and there is an audible difference in the way they sound then you have found your rattle. The one thats loose will have a deeper thud. If they sound the same then move on to sway bar links and so on. Hope this helps and have an awesome day Bill.
Does the noise sound like a clunking sound? Very common problem on this year Tribute is worn sway bar link ball joints. To check this out you need to get under the vehicle and locate the front sway bar. It is connected on both sides to the strut with a long metal shaft and tiny little ball joints on either end where it connects to the strut and to the sway bar. Grab ahold of the sway bar end near where this link is attached and try to move the sway bar up and down. It should be very solid with no give at all. If you feel and/or hear a light clunking noise at either end the little ball joint on that side is failing and needs replaced. The ball joint will come with the entire like as an assembly and is easily replaced. Do however make sure that the nut that attaches link at either end has not come loose and is causing the noise before condeming the ball joint.
The first thing to check on a rattling noise is if going over minor bumps in the road if that is when it makes noise is a sway bar link, they make a rattling noise. If you raise that wheel up you might also want to try and wobble the wheel to be sure it is not a tie rod end or ball joint. Typically I run into the sway bar links or the sway bar bushings making the noise. However ive even seen it be a rock sitting on the strut plate.
That is a picture of a Porsche sway bar, but the idea is the same. Make sure all bolts are tight and that one end is not missing the linkage that connects it to the spring/strut. The grinding of the brakes may be the sound of the linkage piece touching the rotor. Sway bar is a logical solution to both issues.
If that doesn't fix the issue, put the front end of the truck on blocks or jack stands and have somebody wiggle the tire up/down and side to side while you inspect the mechanical components underneath. Other things to check may be the ball joints, tie rod ends and suspension bits.
Have the sway-bar end-links replaced. They will thunk and rattle over washboard or severe bumps, but will not when wheels are turned and sway-bar is loaded.Fairly cheap and easy repair, no alignment needed.