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Noisy front end - '88GT by notaguru
Started on: 05-27-2014 12:55 AM
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Last post by: FieroCat on 05-28-2014 05:05 PM
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Report this Post05-27-2014 12:55 AM Click Here to See the Profile for notaguruClick Here to visit notaguru's HomePageClick Here to Email notaguruSend a Private Message to notaguruEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
This revived '88 is doing well. It runs like new, the A/C works, etc. It now has new shocks and struts, urethane throughout the rear suspension, and about 1,493,503 nuts, bolts, and screws have been retorqued or at least tightened.

HOWEVER, it's noisy. There are rattles and clicks from every direction including the dashboard, but the noisiest part of the car is the front suspension. When the car goes over a bump, there's a brittle metallic sound. I did not put urethane up front - the original rubber seemed ok, (but it is 40,000 miles and 26 years old).

Can you point me in the right direction?

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Report this Post05-27-2014 01:09 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jb1Click Here to Email jb1Send a Private Message to jb1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
sway bars links would be first thought,, and very inexpensive. or shocks or ball joints or control arm bushings..

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Report this Post05-27-2014 01:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for StreetRod4Send a Private Message to StreetRod4Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Also check out the steering rack bushing on the passenger side. Mine went south on my 66k mile Formula and it would clunk and rattle whenever it wanted to
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Report this Post05-27-2014 07:54 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BloozberrySend a Private Message to BloozberryEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I agree with the sway bar end links. The long bolt often corrodes and eventually breaks.
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Use your hand and hit the coolant pipes under the foot area. Mine had one that hit the frame and made a terrible noise. Finally found it one day but hitting everything with my hand when under it one winter. What a joy to finally find that one. I put a clamp and piece of rubber on the passenger side pipe where it turns towards the middle under the foot area.

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Report this Post05-27-2014 05:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TopNotchClick Here to visit TopNotch's HomePageSend a Private Message to TopNotchEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The sway bar end link bushings on my 88 disintegrated, and that resulted in a rattle. I replaced them with some rubber ones from Napa. They seem to work just fine.
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Report this Post05-28-2014 05:05 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroCatSend a Private Message to FieroCatEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had a loud metallic clunk up front too, it turned out to be the upper AND lower ball joints. Mechanic told me it was a miracle that the wheels hadn't fallen off yet.
Make sure you check those!

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