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Front knocking noise/rattling

I have an 04 tribute with 80k miles and the front suspension is making a knocking/rattling noise when I go over even the smallest bumps and at slow speeds. I took it to a service station and they said I needed new struts/mounts, sway bar links, and rear shocks. Is there any way I can see for myself if either of these are causing the problem. Just trying not to get taken by the service station.


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  • maddox744 Jun 29, 2009

    Well I had mine taken in and got the front struts replaced. Still having same noise. I checked the front sway bar and everything seems intact and there is no play when I try to move it Also checked the plastic coverings that you spoke about but I can actually feel the rattle in the peddles and the floorboard when I'm driving so I think it is something more than that. I'm just mad that I spent $700 and am still having the same problem. I can't afford another expensive repair right now so I may just live with it unless it gets worse. Let me know if the shop sheds any light! I don't think I'll take mine back to the firestone place!

  • maddox744 Aug 03, 2009

    Thanks for the solutions. Took it to another place and it was the sway bar links. They were still attached but had worn out and it was causing the clicking. Had them replaced for a total of about $160. It now runs smooth without any problems. They said this is common with the Mazda Tributes/Ford Escapes in that this part wears out easily.



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Could also be a bad strut bearing if it does it at a stand still or you start hearing a twang sound it's in the strut section usualy also you might want to look at your lower controll arm bushings they will wear out sometimes faster than others and other bushings also look arround heck crawl under if you can and dont be afraid to us a desk lamp for light if you need it who cares what the neighbours think they dont pay for the repairs you do

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • jamie Aug 03, 2009

    if the plastic in the coil spring rattles use a can of expanda foam or better knowen as draft stop or spray foam it will expand arround the plastic and seal it to the coil spring and allow it not to move or rattle and if it does rattle you wont hear it as the foam is a sound deadener and soft when hardens


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I have a similar problem with an 02. It was fixed yesterday for $106.00 by replacing front swaybars @ GlenAllen Motors in Toronto.They are great for solving my car problem cheap and fast.
Sorry for all the people not close to TO.

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I have the same problem with a 2006, V6 AWD. I checked everything this morning and I am pretty sure the rattling is due to the rear engine mount, the one near the firewall. I will take it to a shop this week to get their opinion.

Another source of rattling is the plastic collapsible cover inside the fromt coil spring. They are hard plastic and rattles inside the coil spring.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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