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Clicking noise 2002 Legacy (front end)
Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:19 PM
Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:50 AM
Is it a single click, or a repeating click?
Does it ever click under braking?
Does the click go away if accelerating with the wheels turned?
Any clicking in reverse?
Does it click if you put in the FWD fuse in the fusebox under the hood?
Posted 23 June 2009 - 09:23 PM
I had it in the dealer yesterday and they thought it was a wheel bearing but finally admitted they were not totally sure. Took it to a local shop today and they dug into it for hours and finally came up with the front steering assembly. They claim the inner tie-rods are loose and rattling in the steering assembly. I honestly don't know what to think, five different shops and five different answers, getting frustrating and expensive to keep throwing parts at it hoping it will solve the problem.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:54 AM
I can see clunks coming from the mounts, but a clicking seems less likely.
How much to the side do you have to steer to make it stop- a tiny bit off center, or more of a real turn?
When you feel it in the steering wheel, does it want to knock the wheel back and forth a tiny bit, or it's non-directional?
You may need to have someone stand on the left (and then the right) side of the car and listen while you accellerate.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 09:25 AM
It could be a wheel that doesn't seat right (lots of corrosion build up), although this would probably be noticed.
It could be the exhaust tapping under the car somewhere, but only when the engine moves a bit because it is putting out a fair bit of torque. The engine probably moves a small bit differently when turning, so it's feasible the noise would only be there while going straight.
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