loud popping sound from strut area

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  1. Frank.JD.Perez

    Frank.JD.Perez Well-Known Member

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    So this is the second time this has happened, with my first car and current, but there is a loud popping sound coming from the strut area of the car. Not sure what it is but after I lowered my car from stock height onto ford racing c springs the car makes a loud pop when it hits uneven road, which is almost everywhere in California. What could cause this? I have adjustable cc plates on and just put new struts on yet it still makes this loud popping. Help guys? Thanks
     
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    My car has done and still does the same thing.

    First Reason: Possibly bad ball joints - make sure you check this out as breaking one while driving sucks (Ask me how I know).
    Second Reason: With a lowered car, the strut has less travel before complete compression. Even with brand new struts, the car can still bottom out the strut if the compression ratio isn't stiff enough for the springs.

    Not sure yet what a good strut would be to solve the second issue, but I know some of the other guys (or girls) here can tell us.
     
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    I would look into balljoints first,
     
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    I already replaced the ball joints. ..wasnt a fun project...
    But what struts would I need to use? I have monroe struts on currently
     
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    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    I've had them make noise just from being twisted a little in the perch, not totally settled in. Perhaps unload them and see if you can twist them
     
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    What if I can twist them while theyre on?
     
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    Not a big deal if they're lowering springs. Because they're shorter there's agood chance you'll be able to spin them when the suspension is at full droop.
    Is there any play at the top of the strut and CC plate area?
     
  8. Frank.JD.Perez

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    What do you mean by play? There are some spacers on the top after the cc plates as well as below the cc plates
     
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    Just dropped the car down and its still making that loud ass pop. Its mostly on the driver side but god damn it's so annoying. I didn't see anything under the car that seemed loose and I re adjusted the struts and made sure they were tight but still popping...
     
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    I know a lot of guys use fox struts on pretty low cars because they are a little shorter so they don't bottom out as easily
     
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    You checked the "A" arms right?
     
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    Dropped the car down again today yet still making noise. Its not as loud now and for now seems to be the driver side still. Checked the a arms check the sway bar end links checked the struts checked the springs - which are a bit squeaky- but still no luck
     
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    What do you mean by play? As in how much of the strut is poking out?
     
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    How are your A Arm bushings?
     
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    About 20 years old
     
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    Is the top nut on the strut all the way tight? If it isnt that will cause the entire strut to move up and down and make a popping noise
     
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    its not tightened to spec, only as tight as i could get it with normal tools
     
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    This problem has since been solved but I never said what the issue was. Turned out to be the ball joints had failed on both sides causing the popping