Fronts: Stand alongside the car at the wheel well, take one hand using an open grip and hold underneath the fender lip while placing the other hand firmly on the hood. Using your entire body weight and legs "pump" the corner of the car up and down while you listen for knocking....especially with someone listening from inside the cabin.
Originally Posted by Larrick
What is the proper test for front and rear sway bar links?
Rears: The links use rubber bushings instead of ball joints requiring only a visual inspection for tearing / splitting.
As far as other sources of mysterious, slow-speed front end noise...if you hear a nice strong metallic "ping" while backing out in the morning or during hard braking over bumps, and the car has had previous strut maintenance, double check the assembly of the strut (spring orientation, integrity of the spring pads, coil rub, bearing plate, and underneath the top nut).
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Last edited by Radian; 07-08-2013 at 06:36 PM.