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Old 07-19-2011, 14:58   #1 (permalink)
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02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

What things could cause my 02 Focus SVT to have a clunking noise when turning hard or when going over a bump? Sounds like suspension or maybe frame noise. Maybe engine mount? What would you check?
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Re: 02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

If you can get the noise setting still and turning hard, have someone turn the wheel and another under and around to listen to where it's located.
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Old 07-19-2011, 20:29   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

Check to be sure all nuts at the top and bottom ( especially at the top) on the struts are tight. If the center nut at the top is not tight it will pop when turning and braking.

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Re: 02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

Thank you. Had not thought of trying that.
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Re: 02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

Did not think about the strut nuts not being tight. Had the struts replaced some time back and this has been going on since not too long after that. Had not thought about that possibility. You guys give great advice. Thanks.
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Re: 02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

I changed my struts a few months ago and it did exactly what yours is doing. In my case it was the top center nut on the passenger side. I drove the car up on some ramps and while I layed under it, had my son rock the steering back and forth hard. Listened from under, and then from the top with open hood. At that point the pop / clunk was clear as day where it was coming from.

Let us know when you find the noise! Only way we all know for sure.

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Great. Thanks again.
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Re: 02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

Front Anti Roll Bar Link Rods are a very common fault .
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Re: 02 Focus. Front end clunking noise when turning or going over a bump

That^, and if the center nut is not tight enough, and has been clunking around, it would probly be a good idea to replace the top plate there, chances are it might be bent up a little too.
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