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  1. Hey guys and gals I have a 2001 mk3 mondeo lx (1.8) and it developed a knocking on the left hand (passenger) side a while ago. I have replaced the full drive shaft with inner and outer cv joints, the damper, the top mount, the wheel bearing, both front tyres, all four anti roll bar links as well as all four anti roll bar bushes yet the !Removed! thing is still knocking!! The noise itself sounds just like a bad cv joint except it only makes it at speeds of around 20mph plus and it happens on a straight road but is noticably louder when the left front is loaded around a right hand corner. The noises also occurs when I coast in neutral and doesn't seem to male any difference whether I am going up or down hill, only when turning right it becomes louder and turning left you cant seem to hear it at all. The noise is getting worse overtime though and I can now feel the floor vibrate with each knock so keen to find a solution. It passed MOT no problems with this knock too... any ideas? One last thing, the noise is definitely related to wheel speed rather than engine speed. It seems to be a knock every time the wheel goes around once
  2. only when moving, i was so sure that the CV joints would solve it too! the strange thing is it doesn't seem to happen at 50mph+ it is most noticable in 30 and 40mph zones I also thought about the exhaust but if i lay under the car and shake the exhaust up and down and side to side it doesnt hit anything and makes no noise at all - all seems perfect! I have put the car in gear with the engine running with the front wheels off the ground and can detect no sign of the noise then, maybe i will try jacking the lower arm up to see if i can recreate the noise in the workshop :/
  3. Thanks for the reply, i did check the spring when i replaced the topmount as had to take out the full strut and crack out the spring compressors. I had a good look to see how it was sitting before compressing and it looked and felt fine and was seated correctly. I also made sure it was sat correctly when refitting the new top mount. The only thing i can think of it whether the noise is actually coming from the offside and the sound it travelling through the body to make it sound like the nearside but that's a long shot. I've had a second and third opinion and everyone tells me it sounds like the nearside.
  4. Hey guys i'm new here I hope you can help me! I've had my mk3 mondeo lx with the 1.8 petrol engine for about two years now and so far only had an issue with one of the rear calipers other than that she's been a good old bus. In summer sometime just before the MOT the nearside wheel bearing needed replacing so I replaced it and took it down for the MOT which is passed no problems. When i picked it up though i noticed it was knocking at the offside front. I didn't investigate much as I thought it would just be the topmount if i had given it abit too much trying to get the thing out of the hub when doing the bearing. Long story short I have replaced (with all brand new parts): both topmounts all 4 drop links/ARB links The bearing (as above) the entire driveshaft with both inner and outer CV joints both front tyres and still it knocks.... The knocking only appears to happen at low speeds of around 40mph and below and sounds very much like a CV joint or something stuck in the tyre, like a consistant tapping on the passenger footwell. There is no play in the wheel at all in all directions so don't think it could be the bottom ball joint, the only thing I thought about was the ARB bushes themselves but can't see how they would make this type of consistant knock on a perfectly smooth road.
  5. Hey Guys And Gals

    Hi everyone, i'm Mike from North Yorkshire. My main car (I say main, I mean project car) is actually a 200bhp Mitsubishi Colt but I drive a mk3 mondeo lx as my daily. Been a good car over the last few years but have an issue now that i can't seem to get to the bottom of but I will post about that in the correct section! A little about me, I'm a year out of uni and studied automotive engineering, worked on cars, bikes, tractors, lawnmowers all my life and wouldn't change it for the world!