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Old 10-13-2011, 10:56 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Rattle When Going Over Bumps

Just a quick easy question I have here. I drive an 04 max and I've had it for a good 5 months or so. Ever since I've had it it's had this rattle problem. Whenever I hit a bump (or any defect in the road at all, really) the front right will rattle or shake a little. You can feel it a little too through the pedals, and hear it as well. I know it's a fairly common problem because I had the same problem in another car and I had it fixed, I just can't remember what it was.
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Default Re: Rattle When Going Over Bumps

Sounds to me like either the strut or strut mount.
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Default Re: Rattle When Going Over Bumps

I would check for wheel bearings, strut mounts.

but is it a rattle like ( tin can ) metal to metal ? if so

there's a heat shield that underneath the car that comes apart and and that could be hitting the rear manifold/ypipe
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Default Re: Rattle When Going Over Bumps

Sway bar endlinks, strut mounts, struts...those would be the first things I'd check...

Then I'd move on to tie rod ends, ball joints, wheel bearings...
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:45 PM   Thread Starter #5
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Default Re: Rattle When Going Over Bumps

It's not the heat shield, because mine came off lol. And I just had everything wheel related taken care of because i got new tires and had it all inspected. I asked them and they said probably strut or strut mount but I didn't know for sure.
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Default Re: Rattle When Going Over Bumps

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It's not the heat shield, because mine came off lol. And I just had everything wheel related taken care of because i got new tires and had it all inspected. I asked them and they said probably strut or strut mount but I didn't know for sure.

A 'eureka' moment on mine is that I figured out that the sway bar can shift as much as about 1/2" left or right in the bushings.

Mine shifted all the way to the left, and the sway bar taps against the cradle on the passenger side. I reached under with a pry bar, shoved the bar to the other side, and the noise stopped. A put a big nylon zip tie between the sway bar bushing and the 'bump' in the sway bar, and it's still there.
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Default Re: Rattle When Going Over Bumps

If your strut mounts are fine, then it'll be the passenger side engine mount. Have that checked to see if it's worn out. I went thru that issue for over a year with panda, and it turned out to be the engine mount. $60-90 off eBay.
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Default Re: Rattle When Going Over Bumps

I have another sound too, more of a clink/thump from the back right when I turn or hit some bumps. Had both the problems checked out and nobody found anything..
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