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I have a noise coming from the front strut area. It only happens when the car is moving and turning. Everything seems to be tight underneath and the CVs are ok. Maybe strut tops but it is hard to tell as it only happens when the car is moving. Can you help?

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Does the noise sound like a clunking sound? Very common problem on this year Tribute is worn sway bar link ball joints. To check this out you need to get under the vehicle and locate the front sway bar. It is connected on both sides to the strut with a long metal shaft and tiny little ball joints on either end where it connects to the strut and to the sway bar. Grab ahold of the sway bar end near where this link is attached and try to move the sway bar up and down. It should be very solid with no give at all. If you feel and/or hear a light clunking noise at either end the little ball joint on that side is failing and needs replaced. The ball joint will come with the entire like as an assembly and is easily replaced. Do however make sure that the nut that attaches link at either end has not come loose and is causing the noise before condeming the ball joint.

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