92 SSE Front End Crunch!
I just found this site, quite by accident. I've been looking for other Bonne lovers for a long time. This seems like a fine site for even an old timer like me!
I hope someone out there can help me. Here is the problem with her. She has about 180K miles, and I've babied her all her life:
For about 2 years I have been hearing a crunch noise ONLY when my car is making a left-hand turn (steering wheel stationary). The noise is getting slightly worse as it ages. The noise (and some feeling in the steering wheel) occurs if the wheels are cocked to the left each time I make any type of left-hand turn either going forward or backing. It is as if the inertia of the body against the wheel, in a turn, has bound something up and then lets go with that crunch noise. The noise sounds like someone is hitting the driver'* side front of the chassis with a very hard rubber hammer! The noise does not occur when the car runs over rough road or bounces up and down after hitting a dip in the road. It is only when THE WHEELS ARE TURNING AND THE STEERING WHEEL IS COCKED TO THE LEFT. The MacPhersons appear to function the same as when the Bonne was new- 1 push down on all 4 corners and she rebounds only once! Nice and tight. The tie-rods appear to be tight. There is no noise when turning the steering wheel from lock to lock when the car is stationary. I've taken a crow bar to the ball joints and all appear to be tight. The sway bar bushings appear to be okay. On a hunch I've sprayed every rubber or silicon thing under there with WD40 and Silicon, trying to see if the noise abates.....no change. Oh, both bearings and rotors are relatively new.
I've NEVER had to take any of my cars to the shop. Always been able to fix them myself, even electrical. Any other ideas before I break my record.
Anyone out there experienced this problem before and found the cure?
Oh, one other thing, a couple of days ago I though I began hearing a mini version of the same noise every so often on a right-hand turn.
2001 SSEi- black; stock 92K
1995 Vette; Competition Yellow; stock; 38K