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Front strut noise #4781527
06/08/18 05:39 PM
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About a month ago the right front strut started making a noise. Today I visually checked it and found nothing wrong. So I sprayed the area where the coil spring and strut mate up with white lithium grease and no more noise. I had noticed that when I drove when raining no noise as the water lubed the area of the strut. YEA!!!


2007 Ford Fusion 242,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 70K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
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Re: Front strut noise [Re: tig1] #4781536
06/08/18 05:51 PM
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Was the noise a kind of creaking or groaning noise? My Fusion has started making that sound lately going over curbs, etc..


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2014 Nissan Altima SL - 2.5 liter/CVT - 65,000mi
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Re: Front strut noise [Re: tig1] #4781544
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Its not the shocks, its the Mobil 1 tin can rattle. Very common..


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Re: Front strut noise [Re: LeakySeals] #4781563
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Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
Its not the shocks, its the Mobil 1 tin can rattle. Very common..


But but but he's been using M1 @ 10K OCI for longer than you have been alive!


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Re: Front strut noise [Re: tig1] #4781567
06/08/18 06:27 PM
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Tig, I hope you used nothing but the best Mobil 1 Syntethic Grease, eh? laugh

Re: Front strut noise [Re: tig1] #4781573
06/08/18 06:30 PM
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Sorry Tig you knew it was coming.. I think its probably the upper shock mount going bad. What it always was on other McPherson strut cars I owned. This junk Maxima project car I'm working on does it too. Go over a bump it rattles.


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Re: Front strut noise [Re: tig1] #4781619
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Yes, most likely the strut mount.


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Re: Front strut noise [Re: SirTanon] #4781682
06/08/18 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted By: SirTanon
Was the noise a kind of creaking or groaning noise? My Fusion has started making that sound lately going over curbs, etc..


Yes. Try some spray grease on the lower part of the coil spring where it meets the strut.


2007 Ford Fusion 242,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 70K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Front strut noise [Re: ZZman] #4781684
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Originally Posted By: ZZman
Yes, most likely the strut mount.


Not in this case. Many years ago I did have a strut mount bearing fail, but not this time.


2007 Ford Fusion 242,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 70K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Front strut noise [Re: maxdustington] #4781688
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tig1 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
Its not the shocks, its the Mobil 1 tin can rattle. Very common..


But but but he's been using M1 @ 10K OCI for longer than you have been alive!


Yes, and most likely longer than most of these boys here. shoot

Last edited by tig1; 06/08/18 08:27 PM.

2007 Ford Fusion 242,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 70K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Front strut noise [Re: tig1] #4781873
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Originally Posted By: tig1
Originally Posted By: SirTanon
Was the noise a kind of creaking or groaning noise? My Fusion has started making that sound lately going over curbs, etc..


Yes. Try some spray grease on the lower part of the coil spring where it meets the strut.


Well, it might be worth a try, but I had a look and I'm pretty sure the struts on the car right now are the original ones. I've already picked up a pair of "quick strut" assemblies, so I'm just going to swap the whole bundle out and give the necessary spots a shot of grease in the process.


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