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What would be causing a noise in the front end that sounds like someone hitting can when braking & going over bumps?

Took the car in for this noise a week ago; at that time I thought it was only coming from right front. Mechanic found very bad control arm bushings & ball joint; this was replaced. Since then the noise has been happening just about every time I brake or go over bumps. Can't pinpoint exactly where in the front end this noise is happening. Not having any problems with brakes or steering. Brakes were replaced in 2010.

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Sounds like the wheel is touching something when the nose goes down a bit. I had a similar problem and found it was the stone guard under the front fender

Posted on May 07, 2014

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SOURCE: Clicking noise when brake is applied

sounds like what is happening is one of your wheel speed sensors is dropping out when you slow down and this is triggering abs unit. it would not cut abs light on because system thinks one wheel is locking up just like when you are on ice. need to read data while driving and see what is going on when it activates.

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 2006 chevy

On my cobalt (same platform) there is a known bad engine mount that clunks (like you have bad shocks) when you go over bumps.
If you look under the car from the front, you can see its a circle, (supposed to be ) filled with a rubber/composite bushing. They crack and this causes the banging.
It is supposed to look like this...
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However, the rubber breaks off and your engine is flopping around.
This part needs a press to press out the old piece, so a mechanic would be the best repairman for the job.


The scraping noise is a different problem. I would suggest CV joints, but being a 2006, they shouldnt be bad unless you tow, or accelerate heavily.
I would lean toward a bad wheel bearing with the symptoms you are describing - also a job that requires a press.
You're in for quite a bill!
Figure $250 each wheel bearing and another 100 or so to fix the mount.
Dealership would be 2x that.
Good Luck!!

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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SOURCE: by my left front wheel

Well, it could be the flap still but that would indicate the problem is probably a strut. I wouldn't trust the good year place you took the vehicle to. If the previous repair didn't solve the problem you will most likely go back and they can charge you a second time for going in there. They most likely didn't even check the brakes. I took a vehicle in for that same problem once and they turned my rotors and I ended up going back and back and back to get them to repair the whole problem that was a caliper grabbing and locking up on. Turned out the real problem was the Master Cylinder not releasing the like it should have. Your problem could be a CV Joint, a Caliper sticking, or Bearings being a problem, although I would assume the bearings were at least checked when they did the rotors.

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SOURCE: 2003 Impala squeaks in front

Sounds like belt squeal.
try some belt dressing on the serpentine belt and if a seperate PS belt . If seperate PS belt might want to tighten or just replace it

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SOURCE: drumming noise from front end

brake shoes

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