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Old 01-11-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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Clicking sound?!

Just lowered my '02 GT. Steeda X2 balljoints, Steeda Bumpsteer kit, H&R SS springs with polyurethane bushings. Also installed maxim motorsports camber/caster plates.

Whenever driving I hear a loud clicking sound from the driver front, and a very faint clicking sound from the passanger front(maybe just an echo from driver side). I put it back on jacks and checked everything and all bolts are tight and everything is good. When I have the car on the ground I can push down on the driver side fender and it produces the loud clicking sound. Pushing on the other corners yields no noise except on the passanger fender in which case the clicking noise happens from the driver side.

I have yet to get an alignment and get the camber/caster set by a pro, and I'm waiting on my new Shocks/struts to get here, but had installed everything already.

Could it possibly be that the camber is out of whack and just making things make noise? Or could it be that my stock struts are not up to the task? Only thing that is confusing me is that it happens sometimes while rolling, but each time when you bounce it.

Any ideas, please? I need to get this solved today.
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Re: Clicking sound?!

mine clicks to some degree when lowered, no errors at all that i could find. not throwin any codes, everything is on right... im dropped 2in aswell
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By chance it's not your driver side frame sway bar mount is it? Or possibly the strut bushing is wasted.
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By chance it's not your driver side frame sway bar mount is it? Or possibly the strut bushing is wasted.
Strut bushing? It's a brand new maxim motorsports one that came with the camber caster plates.

I notice it does it a lot when it bounces up an down but just sometimes clicks during driving and cutting the wheels left or right..

---------- Post added at 02:09 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:09 PM ----------

Are the lower control arms supposed to be angled up away from the ground?
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I recomend having someone push down on the car while you locate the sound.
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Control arms will angle up as you lower it. Make sure the ball joint is seated correctly. Pressing new balljoints in sometimes have issues with not seating correctly and make that noise
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Are the lower control arms supposed to be angled up away from the ground?[/QUOTE] ya they should be close to parallel with those steeds ball joints I would think.
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Put it up on a rack and we found out the loud clicking is coming from the ball joints. They are brand new steeda x2s... What the hell? I hope American muscle works with me on this..
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If I were you I would try and find a set of moog ball joints that fits in my opinion those are the best money can buy
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If I were you I would try and find a set of moog ball joints that fits in my opinion those are the best money can buy
Even with lowered suspension?
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dumb question, but did you grease the ball joints? because that will make them click.
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dumb question, but did you grease the ball joints? because that will make them click.
I thought the x2s came pre-greased. Never heard on anyone putting more in it.
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try adding grease to them and see what happens, I just downloaded the instructions and they say:
5. Install the grease fitting in the bottom of the new balljoints
and lubricate with good quality high-pressure grease.
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try adding grease to them and see what happens, I just downloaded the instructions and they say:
5. Install the grease fitting in the bottom of the new balljoints
and lubricate with good quality high-pressure grease.
I Put it back on stands and went trough every nut and bolt again, checked all te bushings, and even replaced the inner tie rods. Then pumped the balljoints to the brim with grease. Put it all back together and sat it down.

Tried bouncing it and moving it around and all the clicking, squeaking, and rattling is gone so far!!!

Gonna stay up all night because I'm so excited and take it to the tire shop at 8am to get my new tires and get them mounted, balanced, aligned. And setting camber caster.

Only 5 hours left! I hope it works out. Pics to come soon of the final product.

Oh.. And new shocks and struts coming soon!
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Cool keep us posted on how the rest of it goes!
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Check your ball joints! Mine was making same kind of noise and it was my ball joint.
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Got the new tires and alignment and everything!! It rides great and handles tight. Noise is gone but the passenger rotor is uneven a bit. Can you turn drilled and slotted rotors?

Pics soon.
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Better pics to come soon. Everything still has to settle. I'm excited though!
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Cant turn rotors that are drilled and slotted
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Cant turn rotors that are drilled and slotted
Ah.. So have to get brand new rotors then? Awesome.
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Also, there is a scraping metal sound coming from the passenger side. I took the brake dust shield off the driver side as called for in the ball joint installation instructions. I didn't take off the passenger side... Could it be making contact with something rotating with the wheel? I'm about to take the wheel off and try to remove it. It's just a pain to drill out the rivets. :/
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Ya you might have to take that side off as well. Good luck.
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Ya you might have to take that side off as well. Good luck.
Ah. Guess I have my next little project. Lol
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