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Old 04-10-2011, 14:23   #1 (permalink)
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93 Tempo knocking from front wheels

hello, i have a 1993 Ford Tempo 2.3L automatic. for the past few months I have struggled to identify a strange knocking or clicking sound coming from my front wheels. it is not consistent as it doesn't do it all the time. in fact, when i first start driving it is perfectly quiet for about the first 10 to 15 minutes, but then i start to hear it but it is only when i am driving very slow, around 5-10mph, and also when i make slow turns. i can hear it best when driving in parking lots, and this is usually when it turns more to a clunky knock. it is never really loud but it is noticeable.

i just recently had my lower ball joint/control arm assemblies replaced because they went bad after only one year (last year i had them replaced with AutoZone Duralast Golds). i thought for sure this was what was causing the noise but it wasn't.

i have read on the Internet that it could be any chassis part that could be damaged or loose, also it could be loose brake parts. i don't believe it is any chassis/steering/suspension part because 1. the garage probably would've noticed anything else wrong, and 2. it doesn't do it consistently, usually only after a few minutes of driving. im thinking maybe its brake related because it makes sense if it is happening only after driving for a while, when they would be warmed up, and also when going slow in parking lots, after braking to slow down.

anyone have any ideas? thanks
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Old 04-10-2011, 19:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 93 Tempo knocking from front wheels

Sounds like a bad CV joint.

Here's an example
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Re: 93 Tempo knocking from front wheels

Thanks for the reply. I listened to your video and this doesn't really sound anything like that. I noticed that your sound was constant as you drove the car.. In my own opinion, which prolly isn't worth much, I would think that if this is a bad ANYTHING it would always make noise and be consistant.. Maybe I just have something stuck up under there..?
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Re: 93 Tempo knocking from front wheels

Still yet, I'm thinking you have a bad CV joint. In the early stages it will be audible only when turning sharp and will progress from there.
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