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Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 10:35 am
by Steve86
This seems to be going way out of hand. I could hear the sound intermittently until Friday when jacked the car to check what was wrong. I finally figured out that there was bit of play on the left front wheel signaling a worn out lower ball joint. I haven't yet replaced the ball joint but from that time the knocking sound is getting worse whenever I drive on bumps. My question is did l further damaged the ball joint when l jacked the car cause its now worse off than it was before. Also I need to know if its advisable to have the ball joint reconditioned since it is a genuine one (from factory).

Thanks in advance for the response

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:20 am
by mike_01
Wouldn't of thought you would make it worse, unless you were using a bar to wiggle it but would have had to put some effort in to damage it more, best off to buy a pair of brand new genuine ones, as the other side will most likely follow if not now but in few months, got part number if you need it

don't think you can just replace the ball joint

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:34 am
by Steve86
As always, thanks a million Mike. But I never used any crow bar whatsoever, l checked with my hands..Anyway I am convinced the procedure contributed to much damage.

Ya I would really appreciate if you can help me with the part number. What else should I look forward to change?

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:08 pm
by mike_01
No worries
43330-59135 rh
43340-59135 lh think price from Toyota was around £40 gbp per side inc vat

probably as well while you need to take track rod end off is change them
45460-59035 rh
45470-59035 lh price was around £30 from Toyota

Very strange that just wobbling the wheel would cause it to become worse only thing is if it gets slightly better then it's because of the suspension settling after jacking it up, did you take wheel off?

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 1:07 pm
by Steve86
Thanks again for the info Mike.

Yes I took off both wheels, one at a time. Im also doubting that wobbling the wheel by hand would worsen the condition.

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:46 pm
by mike_01
ah could have been the stress of undoing or redoing and tightening up the wheel bolts then that is the only thing I can think of

the car is under more stress while driving than wobbling a wheel by hand if you know what I mean

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:30 am
by Steve86
Guess what Mike, just found out the right side caliper had the upper bolt missing and was attached with the lower one only. I have since replaced it and the heavy knocking sound is gone, tho I still need to change the ball joints some time since they not much of a prob currently.

Thanks hey.

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:01 am
by mike_01
Wow that was very well spotted, must have worked loose, but glad you found it :wink:

Re: Heavy knocking sound front suspension

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:11 am
by Steve86
Spot on..sure im glad too for your support :wink:
Cheers