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Are there typical places in the front suspension to check on these cars for Creaks and Groans in the front suspension? My wife loves her Ford truck and gives me grief every time she's in my car about the one noise that it makes when leaving the driveway so I need to deal with it. Any input is appreciated.
 

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Upper control arm bushings.
They were the cause of what I described as a SCRONK noise over a slo-mo speed bump.
Rock Auto has the upper arms complete for $50 each. It’s a relatively EASY repair.



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I changed my Upper and lower control arms and sway bar end links and I am still getting a clunk at low speeds. I got under there with an impact and tightened down some of the cradle bolts and some of them seemed actually a little loose so I was hoping that was my remedy, but unfortunately still present. Also changed the shock absorbers. Im left with tie rod ends, and sway bar bushings as my possible culprits now. Maybe someone else has more suggestions for things to check but Im at my wits end with this little clunk. I dont have it in me to take it to a stealership but man i am tempted
 

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If you were looking for a creak/groan, I had your answer, but a clunk could be damned near anything. Are the shocks leaking oil? A shock could be a clunk (leaking or not) but look at steering rack mounts, ball joints, lower CA bushings. Check the bolts holding the struts to the tower and the strut brace bolts and nuts. Also take a good look at all of the fasteners and clips that hold the radiator/condenser/intercooler/oil coolers etc.
 

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Check the top nut on the shock. That should be tightened with the car on the ground. Also, is your car lowered? There is a known squeak when using Eibach (and probably others) springs and leaving the dust cap on the shock.
 

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Ride height is stock. At least I know the ball joints and tie rods are tight so nothing is going to fall apart right away. Looks like I'll need to get it on a lift and tackle everything you guys mentioned above. Thanks for the insights.
 
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