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Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: The front end of the 2004 mitsubishi

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The front end of the 2004 mitsubishi eclipse gt SpyDer I'm interested in rattles and shimmys when traveling over bumps. Any idea what may be causing this
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I would be most concerned with the lower control arms on this model... we had fairly consistent issues with the ball joint on the lower arms going bad.
Otherwise, can you describe the rattle sounds? For example are they thin and creaky or hollow and loud? Do they sound like they are up by the windshield?
Is there any substantial noise right as you take off from a stop, or during low speed turns etc?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thin and creaky. No noise as you take off from the stop or low speeds. Couldn't quite tell where in relation the sounds were as far as being closer or further from the windshield
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
Hmm... does it sounds like two noises, one on each side of the car? Or is it distinctly one sound?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Seems like just one sound
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
Hmm... with no sound from take off at all, that pretty well rules out a control arm/ball joint issue as well as an axle torque issue (both common on this model).
Is there any other noteworthy issue with the ride quality? Like the steering wheel twitching, the vehicle pulling to one side or the other etc?
Is there any unusual feeling from the rear of the vehicle at all?

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