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2016 Sport Front Suspension Noise

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Our 2016 Sport has 31,500 miles on it.  At slower, parking lot speeds, there is something loose in the front end, down low.  Sort of a clunking noise as you go over uneven pavement at lower speeds, especially - 10-20mph.  Just doesn't feel "tight" if that makes sense?  I've been down this path before and it was sway bar links.  I checked those out and they seem tight on both sides.  So do the tie rod ends.  I looked at the control arm bushings and they appear good, too.  Hard for me to believe something is "worn" with that few miles.  Would be more like a failure than being worn out.  

 

I do have the Premium Care Extended Warranty from Ford.  I'm not sure if suspension components are covered - need to read into that.  Anyone know?

 

Has anyone had experience with this issue?


Thank you,

Shumax  

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Here's an update....

 

Took it to the dealer today and the tech road with me and said he heard, and FELT, the noise/condition.  Said he didn't think it was a strut mount; sounded too "low" down to be that.  Thought it could be the steering rack.  I've had two of those replaced on Explorer's before.  $$$.  Thank goodness for the extended warranty.  It goes back in, in a few weeks to let them dig into it.

 

On my drive there, I also then noticed a humming sound in the front left around 50-60mph.  I could feel some roughness in the steering wheel, too.  Sounds like a wheel bearing, but it didn't change pitch as I rocked the steering wheel back and forth.  Anyone have experience with these on this vintage?  I'll have them look at that, too, while it's in for the suspension noise...

 

Shumax

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Slow part of the forum here, I guess.  

As an update, this ended up being a loose jam nut on the right front tie rod.  I have no idea how that happened - it was 3 turns loose - yikes!  The dealer tightened it and performed an alignment as it was out quite a bit.  Noise is gone now...!

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