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noise front left wheel 9 months 3 weeks ago #83615

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noise at times similar to the brake pads being worn, so replaced them and the front wheel bearing.
other noise is like a thumping sound comes and goes, and not evident when rolling in neutral.
I noticed that the bush on the lower support arm, the rear bush is worn, would that create the problem, and
allow the drive to move slightly off centre and so create these sounds.
Any advice would be appreciated
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noise front left wheel 9 months 3 weeks ago #83616

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When you say- "the lower support arm", do you mean
-the lower control arm? this would create a thumping sound over bumps, uneven road surface, heavy acceleration, heavy braking, & gear changes.
-the lower torque strut (also called engine mount)? this would create thumping noises as well.

If it's a ratcheting/scraping type sound it could be worn CV joints.

A mechanic will give you probably the best diagnosis.
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noise front left wheel 9 months 3 weeks ago #83617

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Thanks your comments.

noise not present over uneven road, bumps heavy acceleration heavy braking etc I have previously replaced the engine mount (strut) on the drivers side.
All the sound is from the left, so perhaps it may be the CV joints.
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noise front left wheel 9 months 3 weeks ago #83620

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Hey Crunchy, yep our Cruiser had all kinds of weird noises, clunks, scrapes, grinds and knocks only coming from the front LHS. Changed the CV shaft and it all went away. I'm led to believe that the LH CV shaft does a lot more work over its life compared to the RH due to the more-so rough side if the road? Sounds good. It worked for me.
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noise front left wheel 3 months 2 weeks ago #84294

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After previous problems had left hand drive shaft replaced and brakes relined. no problems for past few months but now
another noise has started again from the front passenger side.

thumping sound and slight scraping sound. not all the time, sometimes on acceleration, but once
travelling 60-80 km no noise at all.

Think that maybe they did not do a good job on overhauling the drive shaft any ideas?

Thanks and Happy Easter
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noise front left wheel 3 months 2 weeks ago #84295

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To have a car with no noise, heaven. lol
You said overhauling the drive shaft? Did they replace with new or reco'd shafts
Either way, both would be fine. You can't cut corners with them.
Unless they didn't replace them.
Noises are deceiving, what sounds left could be right, or wrong.
Some of the noises - Middle engine mount?
There are three mounts or Torque mounts as they are actually called
two are easy to check visually, Thats the top and bottom ones
The middle one is a little harder to check.
Remove drivers side wheel and you will see a small rubber cover in the chassis rail
Remove the cover and look inside there is a bolt or nut visible
That should be dead centre to the whole, if its out of centre it may need replacing
This can cause a knocking on acceleration, if its worn.
Lower control arms, Do wear especially if standard bushes
The first 4 years I had mine replaced 3 times then changed to neoprene and have had no issue since
Worn shocks can rattle as well, especially if one is worn more.
Wheels, especially fronts.
Balanced correctly, no bulges or lumps.
Check them as it could be a problem if wheels have been stored incorrectly or have been sitting for sometime.
I don't mean flat spots, They go out of round if not used for sometime
Aftermarket rims,
If there is a slight buckle it can damage the wheel studs and hub and cause a knocking sound.
Worse case is the studs will break.
Finding a noise is like looking at a length of string
Some noise are better off left if no significant increase or the radio does not function.
Most of these are between 10 to 20 years old now and will have some noise
Especially with a few K's on the clock

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