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Old March 21st, 2006, 06:01 PM
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Strange Sound

So on the front driver's side (US Side) I have had an annoying sort of chiming sound when I drive over any rough road. I would compare it to a loose key dangling on a key chain hitting another key (a bit out there I know). Anyway, I can reproduce it a little when I jostle the car by hand (even when the engine is not running). My guess is that it might be time for some new shocks but I just wanted to see if anyone else has heard anything similar. I know it is a bit vague but I just wanted to see.

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Old March 21st, 2006, 07:11 PM
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I know what it is--you are not going to believe it at first since it does not sound like this is it, but I would bet on it. It is the hood hinge at the black plastic thing. What I did to correct it is take a piece of wood and a mallet and smack the hinge to close the gap (the part that is attached to the bulkhead that looks like an open loop). Problem solved.

I opened up my dash looking for it before I figured it out. Took me about a month.
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 10:12 AM
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So the black plastic thing would be the half moon piece that sits between the metal hinges correct? Or is this something else?

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Did not seem to do the trick...any other ideas? Sounds like it is lower down closer to the wheel.
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I finally had 10 minutes of free time to poke around a little and it looks like it is the bearing on the shock. It has been time to replace them for way too long so now I have a good excuse to get started.
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Try a little oil [light] on the bushing for the shock.
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I finally replaced the shocks a few hours ago with my British co-hort and this killed a few birds.

First, I got rid of the sound of the washers clinking together since the bung was looking like chewing gum...pretty much gone. The front shocks looked like they had been leaking which broke down the rubber and made the sound.

Second, I was among the many here who had the death wobble around 50 MPH. I had an assumption that the lack of shock bushing might have had something to do with it. Sure enough it is straight as an arrow now that the new bungs are in. Plus, with the Blisteins use gas so the hydraulic fluid leak will no longer be a problem.

I must say that the upper cone piece for the front shocks is designed pretty poorly for us folks who don't have shock compressors. The lip sits under the edge of the metal wheel wall making it impossible to get out if you don't compress the spring. But a trusty crow bar did the trick for us.

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