Altezza Front Suspension Clunk Noise - Possible Culprit?

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  1. fast_gtst

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    Hi guys, my daily has developed this very very annoying clunking noise and its coming from the drivers front suspension. I can hear the noise when I am driving slow and especially if the road is shit with pot holes and bumps. I have changed the drop links, castor arm bushes and got a new suspension but the noise is still there!

    Before going and changing the lower and upper ball joints and tie rod ends, I decided to have another inspection and found this. Its the tie rod end ball joint which is covered in grease. Is this normal? Lower and upper ball joints seem OK without any grease.

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    Anyone? Toyota in Colindale wants to charge me £850 just to change the lower ball joint and the tie rod end!!! I would be very happy if I could find out the cause without getting raped! Amazed how noone has a solid answer even though this seems like a common problem (reading from overseas forums) on Chasers and Aristos and not just Altezzas
     
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    lower ball joints are common on tezzas. leaking grease normally means the gaitor has slit, water has got inside and knackered the joint.
    Easy DIY replacement. part normally about 35 quid.

    If that doesnt solve it then its likely worn drop links
     
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    Jack the front of the car up so the front wheels are about 5cm off the floor.
    get a lever bar or something under the wheel and lever it up while looking at the lower balljoint.
    if it moves in and out its knackered.
    also hold the wheel a 3 and 9 and rock it side to side a little bit to see if there is play in the tie rod end.
     
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    great help, really appreciate it. will lift it up and check that tomorrow as soon as i wake up! and hopefully get a result. cheers
     
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    ill be in town next week so will happily have a look when i pop round mate. Forgot this week!
     
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    hey dude. just did have a look today really puzzled. i did as twiglett suggested but everything looks solid. anyway would appreciate it if you can check it too once you come down. thursday eve is good for me.
     
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    hey man, i did what you suggested with Initial_j (thanks pal) and we could hear the knocking noise when moving the wheel up and down with a lever but nothing seems to be that loose. so would you recommend that i change the lower ball joint and tie rod end anyway as they are quiet cheap from euro car parts?
     

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