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2003 Protege5 front suspension knocking noise

\015 I have a knocking noise in the left front suspension on my 2003 Protege5 with 80k miles. The noise appears when driving over small or really any size bumps. I checked the sway bar attachments and all the mounting brackets on the suspension and nothing is broken or loose. The ball joint boots are good and it does not seem to be a bad ball joint. Wheel bearings have no play and cv joint boots appear good too. I almost think it is in the upper strut mount or the strut itself.....but how do you tell which one? Is there a bearing in the upper strut mount for this car that could be bad? I dont see where it could be installed unless internal to the upper strut mount unit. Is the strut itself bad that could make this noise?....no leakage of fluid on the strut shaft and the car feels stiff on that corner when pushing up and down on the front fender with no visible rebound issues. Thanks, Fred mine is exactly the same except it sounds like it's coming fromboth sides.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 30-03-2020

Answers :

Yes there is a bearing on the front stuts on the top under the upper strut mount and it is plastic. But the last guy was right it is most likely your struts, or it is your stabilizer links. There doesn't have to be much play in the links to make a tonne of noise. I replaced all my struts myself and it solved the problem for me. You can buy fully assembled strut kits for most veh so you don't have to compress the spring...just dont loosen fully the top middle large bold on top of the strut lol.
Front stuts need replacement, buy this point it would be both. you can tell most of the time buy if you hit a pot hole on the left and it makes a nosie thats the side. but after a few days of driving like this both are in bad shape and need replacement.
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\015\012there is no bearing its just the strut, you can tell buy getting a jack stand and lifting the front and moving the tire side to side and back to front. usaly anything over 10-20 thouthands of an inch is bad, and that mean if you feel it it's bad.
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\015\012but anyways to replace it you will need a sop, you have to compress your front srping in order to remove and install a strut.
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