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Front-end makes a low rattle noise when hitting rough spots

I mistakenly took it to a car-x service center and they showed me I had some excess play on the right side front wheel when truck raised on hoist.
although this didn't seem to me the cause I thought with 84,000 miles it was probably some thing the should be done anyway. [tie rod end] this of couse was not the cause so her I am the sound comes from both front sides and sounds more like something is loose or worn, even though the mechanic said he could find nothing loose.

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  • wolf Oct 12, 2008

    update to rattle in the front end...My 2002 has been rattling for quite some time now, just had major work done to it since the front diff was leaking axle fluid, mechanic said it was almost dry and $1600 later it was fixed. after that, i replaced the front struts (a real pain to do by yourself) but the rattle was still there much to my suprise, but I also replaced the front left and right sway bar links ($60 at oreillys for the pair) and thats when my noise problem went away. They were real loose when I took them off.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    I need to know when this rattle occurs, leave nothing out, is this a 4 wheel drive? By the way a worn tie rod end will not cause a rattle, but the tech was right to recommend you replace it, steering play issues have an adverse affect on tire wear and handling.

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I have a 2002 bravada that is also doing the same thing, most likely if you have 84000 miles on it you probably need to change out the front struts and rear shocks, not cheap to do. I haven't done them to mine yet due to oil leaking out the front seal where the axle assembly goes into the oilpan is leaking and don't know how much that will be to have it fixed. May not be worth doing. But the most likely cause of your problem is the struts. I had it quoted one time and it was around 500-600 just to have the fronts done, so i figured I'd just do it myself. doing it yourself will cost around 350 for 2 struts and 2 rear shocks from oreillys.

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I have experienced the same rattle on a 2002 Bravada since about 50,000 miles. I have had tie rods replaced. Later, I had tires rotated at a tire/maintenance shop and they showed me a slight amount of movement in the ball joints. They wanted to change them. I took it to a dealership. They checked the ball joints and said some play is normal but didn't recommend changing them. I am wondering if the noise is in the struts. It occurs on a slightly rough roads and even backing out of a driveway when the shocks/struts are working rapidly.

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