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Old 08-13-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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Clunk from front suspension/how to tighten top strut nut

So when going over bumps and making a right hand turn, I get a clunk/baseball hitting left side wheel well area/firewall sound. I am thinking that the top strut nut is loose. How would I tighten it while it is installed in the car? Any other ideas?

Car is a 2000 with 50k miles.

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:45 PM   #2
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could you be hitting the bump stops?
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Sounds like a strut bearing to me, or maybe a broken spring?


Neither can be adjusted/tightened.
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Try removing the wheel, and using a bit set of channel locks.
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could you be hitting the bump stops?
I don't think I am hitting the stops, as these are very mild bumps, and I have heard this noise when turning on smooth pavement as well. I suppose if I had a busted spring I would be hitting the bumps stops though. Mabye its a busted spring?




Tweek, what wheel are you talking about? You mean the nut?
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Broken Spring or Spring Off it's seat. (If not a loose or worn strut mount)
Check Ball Joint too....
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Like tweeks states, pull wheel and check the gland nut which holds the insert in the strut. Could be a few things like stated above, try easiest first.
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So when going over bumps and making a right hand turn, I get a clunk/baseball hitting left side wheel well area/firewall sound. I am thinking that the top strut nut is loose. How would I tighten it while it is installed in the car? Any other ideas?

Car is a 2000 with 50k miles.

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I don't think I am hitting the stops, as these are very mild bumps, and I have heard this noise when turning on smooth pavement as well. I suppose if I had a busted spring I would be hitting the bumps stops though. Mabye its a busted spring?




Tweek, what wheel are you talking about? You mean the nut?

Whatever side you think the nut is loose. (my guess Left) One each corner of your saab very close to the suspension is a wheel. Remove it to get a closer look at the clunking. And I meant big channel locks, not bit. On
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Thanks for the help guys, and sorry tweek, didn't mean for my response to come across as it did.

I found the problem, the strut is banging against the shock at the point where the shock insert is screwed into the strut housing. If I push up on the base of the strut I can see it hit the shock and make the noise.

How do I fix this? By turning the gland nut where the shock is screwed into the housing? Thanks again

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Thanks for the help guys, and sorry tweek, didn't mean for my response to come across as it did.

I found the problem, the strut is banging against the shock at the point where the shock insert is screwed into the strut housing. If I push up on the base of the strut I can see it hit the shock and make the noise.

How do I fix this? By turning the gland nut where the shock is screwed into the housing? Thanks again
Yes, if I'm understanding the question.
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Yes, if I'm understanding the question.
Thanks for the help lms. Any tips on how to tighten it, I tried with a pipe wrench, put no dice. I am thinking about letting it soak in liquid wrench then trying again with channel locks/pipewrench?
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