Clicking noise in front after hitting smaller bumps
Clicking noise in the front wheel assembly area after hitting smaller bumps/potholes, primarely on the driver side area.
I thought it was the front axle but its not doing the typical, clicking while turning and so on, it’s only clicking after driving over smaller/bigger bumps, sounds like there is ice/snow stuck behind the bumper.
It’s been like that for the past 2-3 months
not sure if it;s the axle or suspension?
Car is Chevy Malibu 2002 front wheel drive, 6 cl
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i would start by checking the wheel barrings on the side of clicking located just behind the brake assembly
1 remove the tire ( on side of clicking ) 2 remove the brake assembly ( remembering how it all goes back together ) 3 remove the rotor
you should see the wheel pins that hold on your tire give that a turn and have a listen for grinding, clicking, squeeking, or any other abnormal noises
you can at the same time check your balljoints located on the upper and lower part of the control arm look for busted/broken boots and or some play by moving your control arm up and down and side to side
If you aren't afraid of jacking up the vehicle, you can test to see where the problem is coming from. Jack the vehicle up by the pinch well (most newer cars have grooves cut out or that can be popped out behind the front wheels). When the wheel is in the air, try moving it side to side, then up and down. Excessive side to side movement indicates a tie rod end, up and down indicates a ball joint, and all around indicates a wheel bearing which would also be a cause for the clicking sound you are hearing.
Most auto shops will check this for you free of charge when you get an oil change, since they're trying to sell you things anyway.
if its clicking when you turn the wheal, then its a cv joint. If its making a bump bump bump noise as you go down the road and increases with speed and slows with speed then its probably a bering, It sounds like you have hit something and caused your ball joints to damage. take a board 2x4 about 2 foot long. jack up the car in the front, just enough to fit the board under the tires. At each tire lift the board and see if you have any movement in the wheal. The movement you are looking for will be up and down, not side to side. Your steering moves side to side. Your ball joints give you limited up and down rotation movement to allow your car to handle bumps. If its in access of an inch rotation then there is your problem. Depending on the car, I would probably look at salvage yards first then go to the part store and compare prices. Because some junk yards are chaging near new prices for used stuff. Also your struts may be shot also.