My AU1 also makes a clunking noise when turning look to lock ie. when reversing into the driveway, gettting into and out of parking spots. The noise is quite loud and the ford service agent said he tightend the steering rack bolts as they were loose but noise is still there! I've got the tickford suspension and planning to fit King s/low's but want to sort out the clunking b 4 I do.
Definately the ball joints, had the problem with my AUII, the service manager said this was a very common problem. I had to wait a few weeks for mine as they were in the process of releasind a modified version of the ball joint. It should be readily available by now.
5 speed or Nothin' Mercury BA Falcon XR6 Manual with 18's, Whiteline Lowered Springs, Adjustable Sway Bars, and Herrod Exhaust......mmmmmh
dk_falconS, which ball joints were replaced? upper or lower? Also do you know if they'd fit on my AU1 as yours is AU2? Do you have a part no.? Heard noise again today as I left for work, contacted for service near by but he said he knows nothing about it being a common complaint/problem.
Upper balljoints is usually the problem on AU 2 models. A batch of ball joints was released into production with an incorrect specification grease. Ford have now released a Workshop Bulletin to all dealers with a new tool that lifts the rubber gaiter and injects the new and correct specification grease into the balljoint. If the ball joint is damaged then it should be replaced under warranty as this is a well documented problem. Make sure you insist on the dealer undertaking awheel alignment at the same time....also under warranty.
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