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front end noise HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by jvcski, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. jvcski

    jvcski Member
    Messages: 42

    I have a funny noise coming from the front end of my truck I have had 2 mechanics look at it and they can not find anything wrong with the front end of the truck. When hitting bumps driving down the road it sounds like an extra knock somewhere in the front end. I have recently replaced the front sway bar links, But could they be bad, could the bushings be messed up. I really need help i can not figure this out and every time i hit a bump I get more pissed. :mad:
  2. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Sound bad shock or u joint is loose. We replace 2 times on right side because shock is worn out fast it start rubbing metal to metal when hit bump it will squeak.
  3. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    It is the two mounts on the axle that hold the sway bar. Sway bar bushings. Replaced mine...presto no more clunking! Some cut a window washer fluid bottle and put a piece of plastic in between the rubber and the bar to make them last longer.
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    It would help to know what truck and year it is? Just because it makes noises with bumps does not mean it's front end problems. It could be loose exhaust or spring mount or sway bar bushing. Since you replaced the links the stress on the bar has been transferred to the next weakest / loose part. What is the noise?
  5. jvcski

    jvcski Member
    Messages: 42

    The noise sounds like a thud after you hit a bump. the truck is a 2004 F-250 extended cab short bed.
  6. jkiser96

    jkiser96 Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I have a 1995 F-450 that is the same way. I took it in the other day & the track bar bushing is bad. They put a new bushing in & no more noise. My alignment guy said that without going over all the pieces it would be a tough call because there is a lot of things that will contribute to making that noise. Their first thought was swaybar bushing but I don'y have a sway bar on this truck.
  7. M&M Services

    M&M Services Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 485

    Definately Sway bar end links, and or the bushings on the axle for the sway bar..May also be the leaf spring bushings..I replaced leaf spring bushings, and sway bar end links and the noise is gone...I will be replacing the bushings on the axle for the sway bar also this summer....
  8. MustangFox302HO

    MustangFox302HO Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 26

    04 leaf springs?? i think check the u bolts might be loose they can make a funky noise

    KINNCO Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I thought it was a bushing but it ended up being one the of torsion bar links was broken in half and making the knock knock....knock noise.
    It's one or the other
  10. jvcski

    jvcski Member
    Messages: 42

    FIXED:) The problem has been solved it is the sway bar bushings I am really shocked how much they were worn down. NO MORE KLUNKING NOISES YAY!!! thank you all for your imput i really appriciate it. :)prsport
  11. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    Rod end links will give you that noise too.
  12. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    The old worn out sway bar bushings strike again. At least it is a fairly new truck, easy to get them off.
  13. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    HA !! Gotta love the Fords. Replaced mine twice in 2 years. Then Ford decided to change the design, why? who knows. The best thing would be to install some that are greasable. Came up at loss for those too. They make for everything else but not my 02'.