hi all, just a few problems that i need some help with.

its a Y reg 1.8 zetec with 90k on the clock

#1: from the front end theres a knocking noise when i turn like if somethings not tighened properly (iv had a look under and all seems ok but dont know really what im looking for?) i know its not the cv joints etc though. someone said drop links or something but i thought i better check with the people on here who probs know more before i start go spending money on everything.

#2: when i change gear the revs go higher before they drop, more noticeable as you go faster up ther gears and more so in 1st gear and 2nd gear

any help would be much apreciated