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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:41 pm 
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Car Model: '55 9-3 2.0t Vector
Hi All. My '05 93 has a clunk and a clicking coming from what I'm sure is the off-side front suspension. Could be off-side rear, but I'm 80% it's the front. I've disconnected the front drop link on that side, but the noise is still there and I've changed the top mount with no effect either. I though it was the top mount as that's what it sounded the last time when it proved to the top mount. Maybe not this time/maybe a defective new part. It's supposed to be a Mehle part but who knows for sure?

I'm also noticing a clicking at low speed linked to road speed. Prob happens at higher speed too but I won't be able to hear it. Similar to the noise you get when a stone is tuck in your tread, but more metallic/mechanical sounding. Also getting a slight clunk when taking up drive sometimes.

Got MOTd a few weeks ago and, even though I asked them to look for something, they couldn't find it. So it's not the drop link, prob not the top mount and there's no play in bearing etc. Anything else I can be looking for? Thanks folks.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:51 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:41 pm
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Location: Kippen STIRLING
Car Model: 9-5 Aero Sportwagen and more
rpaterson,

Not sure how similar the post '02 9-3's are to the earlier ones but I had a similar elusive 'clunk' from the front of Mrs P @K's '03 Cabrio which turned out to be the lower wishbone mounting bolts. Just tightened them up using a 'breaker' bar and the noise went away. Like you I'd chased all over trying various things first.

Paul @ Kippen

ps Cabrios changed in '03, saloons '02


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:54 pm 
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Car Model: '55 9-3 2.0t Vector
Thanks, on my list to try. MOT doesn't check bolts for tightness...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:38 am 
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rpaterson,

When I say tight, I mean REALLY tight.

Paul @ Kippen.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:17 am 
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Car Model: '55 9-3 2.0t Vector
It'd be sooo cool if this is indeed the cause! Roll on Friday afternoon when I'll get a chance to wield the breaker bar...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:00 pm 
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Car Model: '55 9-3 2.0t Vector
Well I washed the car last night and, just out of curiosity, I gave the wheel a damn good rattle and it had got bad enough to show some play. I took the wheel off tonight and found that there was play in the balljoint. Fortunately I have a spare wishbone so I fitted that so we'll see. It didn't go without a struggle though, the balljoint pinch bolt did NOT want to budge. It did eventually though!

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