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Brand new kia magentis slightest road bump cases knocking at front. Ive done 500 miles since new garage tried new left front shock replacement but it is stil the same. they say its probably normal but i did not have it on any other kia i have driven or on my last magentis

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Sway bar , shake steering linkage for play, check splash shields hitting frame.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011

  • wrekin Sep 15, 2011

    Similar respinse until MOT time when it failed N/S front anti-roll bar link, with that changed it is much better.

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