Originally Posted by DJM
I keep on hearing a clunking noise in my front end when I turn sharp the ball joints are good and so are the wheel bearings shock bolts are also good and snug? Also when I apply my brakes I hear and feel a clunking noise it only does it when i apply the breakes after goin fast any ideas? it's gettin annoying.
the clunking noise is more than likely one of two things......it is either a sway bar link....which is tough to diag...but if you take both of them off and feel how the ball is in the socket sometimes you can feel the looseness......or it is spring slap. ford has a insulator kit out for the springs that you just replace the plastic inserts....which is what the other guy in this post was talking about. be very carefull when doing this as if your prybar you are using slips, the second guy that you have removing the old insert and puting the new one in could be in need of a new finger
........look for the insert to be broken or missing...they are at the tips(2 on each spring) of the front springs between the leafs........
the clicking noise is probably not going to hurt anything. it is also one of two things. it more than likely is your caliper slide pins ( the things the bolts that hold the caliper go into) shifting ever so slightly.....there is actually a TSB on this.....if you chose to fix it....buy four slide pins...lube them with ford caliper slide grease....or the grease packets you can get at autozone....etc.....and then install them. you only need to remove the caliper to do this...the shackle bracket can be left on.
the other possibility is that your anti-rattle hardware that mounts on the shackle and is whhat the pad actually rides in is worn...but this is rare. ford pads come with new hardware....most aftermaket dont....although some do........if the brake pad is allowed to shift up or down where its mounted.....it can also cause this concern........Marc