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Rattle in front suspension unit of Saab 9-3

There is a little slack in the steering although the car has just passed the MOT. When driving along bumpy roads there is a persistent rattling from the front suspension. Parts will need replaced but which parts are they most likely to be. Thanks.

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  • prettypastri Jun 26, 2008

    intermittent rattling front end when going over bumps, metal sound, dealer says they can not find a problem, vehicle under warranty

  • Anonymous Sep 25, 2008

    Identical problem. Steering does not feel direct at speed along with clicking noise over bumps. Vehicle in warrenty



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Front strut needs replacing also top bearing and upper mount bearing total cost £411 from saab dealer
shop on inter net for parts
i got this done for 175 ponds and handles a lot better as well
many thanks

Posted on Apr 22, 2009


Struts, strut mounts and/or ball joints.

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