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This is a common issue with the Fords. I read that the anti roll bar was replaced, but were the anti roll bar links replaced at the same time?
The anti roll bar links connect the anti roll bar to the suspension. When these become worn they will make the same noise you are describing. These are about 15 US dollars per link. There are 2 links, one on the right and one on the left.
I hope this helps and if you need any more help, please let me know.
So, the next thing I would check would be the strut mounts.
This allows the strut to pivot and move with the unevenness in the road.
If the bearings go bad or if the bushing inside goes bad, there will be a rattling noise heard in the wheel area, when going over bumps, especially at slow speeds.
Generally, you can open the bonnet or hood and bounce the car up and down and you will be able to hear the noise at the top of the strut.
Let me know if this helps?
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Wow, looks like the front end has been fully rebuilt. Sorry you have spent so much money trying to hunt down this noise.
The only other thing I can think of would be engine mounts. The rubber isolator in the mount may be gone and this would cause a rattling noise as well, in both reverse and driving forward.
Let me know if he has checked the motor mounts. If he has and has found them to be working correctly, then I may have to opt out of this question and see if we can get someone else to respond. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Well, I am plumb out of Ideas. Let me open this up to other to try and help you.
Hi my name is***** am a diagnostic technician and will try my best to help get to the bottom of this noise.First I will try to get a better idea of the noise. Is this a heavy clunk that you feel through the car? And does it also happen on uneven roads or mostly just noticeable over speed bumps?
Sorry for the delay, There is one more thing that I see on these that i would almost class as a "common issue" although not as common as drop link etc... The shock absorbers have a tendency to wear out which causes this noise, it is not something that can usually be seen visually, the best way to check them is to remove the strut, remove the spring and check for lateral movement in the ram. it only takes a small amount to cause a rattle/clunk like you describe so I would certainly make these the next think to check. Due to the relatively low cost of a pair of shocks I would be inclined to replace them while they are out as there is a fair bot of labor involved to remove and check, and not more would be required to replace them.At this point, i would also be inclined to replace the strut top mounts, you say the mechanic has checked them as well as the struts but its highly unlikely he has done more than a visual check which wont necessarily show up movement in the inner mount of the strut top (if its broken) And certainly wont show movement in the shock absorber rams.Ultimately your mechanic is checking for visual problems, sometimes things don't show up a visual problem until it is dismantled and inspected, from my experience these are usually very simple problems, just very hard to find so many mechanics begin to throw parts at the car in the hope that it will fix it based on most common problems.