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weird knocking

I have new upper control arms and new lower ball joints but everytime I hit the brakes you can hear a bad pop from the driver side front, my endlinks are shot but was just making sure if that is it or not, thanks guys

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The noise very well could be your endlinks; I had similar popping before I replaced mine. Until you've replaced them (since you know they're bad) it will be tough to know for sure if that's the problem. Only other thing I can think of might be strut rod bushings.

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alright thanks, anymore input on this problem would be great from anyone

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alright thanks, anymore input on this problem would be great from anyone
I'd say it's your sway-bar end-links that are making the knocking sounds. Mine on my 1997 Thunderbird were knocking so bad & loudly when I bought the car back in April that I went to a Goodyear dealer to have the front-end checked-out as I thought something might fall off! They said it was just my sway-bar end-links. I replaced them and have had almost zero noise from my front-end since!

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one more thing everytime I hit a bump it feels like my my dash is gonna fall in my lap and was just curious why my car rides so dam rough

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one more thing everytime I hit a bump it feels like my my dash is gonna fall in my lap and was just curious why my car rides so dam rough
Could be any number of reasons for that - ultra-low profile tires, too much tire pressure, worn suspension components.

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well I got kumho Ecsta's on back and Fuzion HRi on front there lower profile then stock but not that low, cant think of the size right now, just checked my tire pressure the other day, all good so must be the bushings as I know all bushings are stock besides the upper control arms, and lower ball joints, thanks for your input

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are these shocks POS's or are they good
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I have those shocks on my 1997 Thunderbird - front and rear. I've had them on since April and I'm quite happy with them! My car has 147,000 miles on it and it rides like it was brand-new - of course, the suspension IS practically brand-new! I've replaced my ENTIRE front suspension, including Vogtland coil springs front and rear!

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Okay, I've had my sway bar end links, upper and lower control arms replaced, and shocks/struts replaced and my suspension makes the same noise. So strut rod bushings?

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Okay, I've had my sway bar end links, upper and lower control arms replaced, and shocks/struts replaced and my suspension makes the same noise. So strut rod bushings?
How many miles are on your car? If you have over 100,000 and your tension-strut (strut rod) bushings have never been replaced, I'd definitely recommend replacing them! Were your front shock upper mounts or the coil-spring seats (the rubber rings the spring sits on) replaced when your front shocks were replaced?

Another thing to check is the bolts attaching the front subframe to the car; I've heard these can often need tightening and can cause noise.

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I have about 92.xxx miles on the car. I don't know which bushings were replaced. I assume if they needed to be replaced, the mechanic at the dealership did. I don't do suspension work.

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I have a similar problem & with help have traced it back to the strut rod bushings (to arm) and also lower ball joint on LH side - it's less than 3 months old and has deteriorated rapidly (you get what you pay for eh?).
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