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Old 07-11-2008, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Loud coilover spring clunk while turning

So, with our suspension, and a coilover setup, when you turn the wheel, the spring has to turn as well. The spring stays with the lower half of the suspension, so that means there must be some sort of bearing up top, that spins allowing the spring to rotate while the wheels turn, correct?

Basically, when I am turning the car (mostly noticable at slow speeds) I can hear and feel a loud, spring tension noise popping from the front passenger corner. I am assuming that my bearing has seized up, and the noise I hear is the spring shifting on either the bottom rings on the coilover strut, or the camber plate. I have a set of Megan Racing coilovers.

Does anyone know how easy it would be to replace this bearing, or if I have to order a whole new strut assembly? I want to get a plan of attack before I go at it. Its probalby not hurting anything, but it sounds TERRIBLE hearing a high tension spring pop like that.

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How long have you had the coilovers? Were they new?

I have a set of Eibach Coilovers and had a pretty much identical problem. I still have some noise from the passengers side but the loud clunk has pretty much gone away. Mine was mostly control arm related though. Solid bushings and an alignment and I don't really have the problem anymore, just some noise but it feels fine.

Do you have any kind of sloppy turning when its like a 90* turn or feel like the car is shifting when you hear the pop?

My bushing had gotten so bad that I think the bolt was pretty much just flopping around in there with enough weight that I would turn and the car wouldn't turn until there was enough weight and then it would clunk and really turn in on me.
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I don't think its bushing related, but I will inspect everything really well this weekend. I don't notice any shifting of the car at all when I hear the noise, but you can feel the "pop" as the noise is transfered through the car.
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my Megans do this, theres not much you can do but lower the preload on them. Even then it doesnt stop it completely.
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my Megans do this, theres not much you can do but lower the preload on them. Even then it doesnt stop it completely.

Mine just started doing this, and only on one side, so hopefully I can find a solution. My roommates seems to think if we pull the camber plate and take apart the upper bearing, we can clean and grease up the needle bearings, and hopefully have it go away. I will let you know what I find!

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I have BC coilovers and i have the same problem.
Turning at slow speed, i hear a clunk on both side.
Turning left side = clunck on left side
Turning right side = clunck on right side.

Car is going to garage tomorrow.
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i get the same problem with my ground controls coilovers. let me know what you did if you get it fixed.
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Hmmm wonder if this is my problem??? I get a clunk also bC coils
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I have the same problem with my Mopar Stage III coilovers, whenever I turn slowly, I get a loud clunk that sounds like something giving under pressure. I've had the noise for about a year now with no noticeable problems. I wish it would go away...
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Quote: Originally Posted by ritfordprobe View Post
that means there must be some sort of bearing up top...


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YES!!!! its called a steering bearing i hope yall left that in there.. little white plastic round thing with ball bearings inside of it....
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I have the same problem with my Mopar Stage III coilovers, whenever I turn slowly, I get a loud clunk that sounds like something giving under pressure. I've had the noise for about a year now with no noticeable problems. I wish it would go away...

Same shit here too, wih these Mopar stage 2, the second they went on, I could head them clicking, especially if I ease off, when the car's weight meets forward motion "click", or hitting the brake lightly, same "click" Mine's not set up yet and my alignment is way off,car pulling to the right,but I am still waiting for a new adjustable lock nut to be replaced by KW.Car's sitting way too low too easily hitting my fender, so I'm not too fucking pleased with this shit happenin and having toi wait for this nut to be sent,If these still click after sut up, I am going back to stock struts and be done with this shit.
Thanks for letting me vent, I've not really been able to drive my ride for the past 10 days because of all this shit happening, hopefully the nut will arrive this week and get this resolved.
What causes these Mopar's to make this clicking noise? Is there a remedy,suspension GURU's please chime in, I would really appreciate your input with this.
Thanks guys
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Quote: Originally Posted by jfcampeau View Post
I have BC coilovers and i have the same problem.
Turning at slow speed, i hear a clunk on both side.
Turning left side = clunck on left side
Turning right side = clunck on right side.

Car is going to garage tomorrow.
bfmic and walbro installation.
He will check this sound.
I'll be back to you guys as soon as i have news.

Well, my cousin double checked and he didn't found anything.
For some reason ... no more sound since he "looked", weird.
I wish this problem won't happen again !
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i had this problem then noticed the coils werent seated right on the strut...it was clanging against the strut when i turned..i took the strut asembly out, then reseated the spring on the strut..and it fixed it
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For now, it seems that driver's axle is BYEBYE !
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Passanger side is dying slowly also ...
New axles coming in tuesday/wednesday !

I'll check my spring, just to see if it sat there correctly !

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Quote: Originally Posted by jfcampeau View Post
I have BC coilovers and i have the same problem.
Turning at slow speed, i hear a clunk on both side.
Turning left side = clunck on left side
Turning right side = clunck on right side.

Car is going to garage tomorrow.
bfmic and walbro installation.
He will check this sound.
I'll be back to you guys as soon as i have news.

I'm thinking your adjustable lock may be loose, and that's why you hear the clunk on turns. I was having the same problem with my BC inverted racing coilovers. You've got the locking device. Two of the locking devices are provided in the package. Use them to tighten the adjustable locks incase they may be loose and are causing this mishap. I hope this helps. Good luck!
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