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Strange noise from b20 swap

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by sureshot007, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. sureshot007

    sureshot007 Member

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    I have a b20 swap in my 96 dx hatch. I am running KYB AGX struts with ground control coilovers. When I brake really hard, or hit a decent bump, the passenger side front area makes a loud pop sound. The spring is seated properly. It made the noise before I had the gc's on. Could it be the axle popping out of the tranny??? It seems to be securely seated when I check. Any ideas?
     
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    I have the same thing happening in my Camry, I wonder wtf it is.
     
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    Did you ever think your struts were blown? That is most likely the problem.
     
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    also check to make sure your ball joint castle nut is tight, all susp. bolts etc.
     
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    Most likely your ball joint is gone or a tie rod end. Check all you components and let us know.
     
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    Struts brand new - and it's not blown.

    Could be the castle nut. I was thinking about that last night. When I was putting everything back together, I was having a hard time with that one because the impact was just spinning the whole thing and not tightening. Any tips on making this work?
     
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    formby learning in progress

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    did you put the bump stops on?
     
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    Yes I put the bump stops on. I installed acording to manufacture's instructions.
     
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    Checked the lower ball joint castle nut - it was a little loose. Tightened that up with an impact. But I got the noise again today. I am fairly certain that everything is tight on that side, but I will double check that tonight.

    So, the only difference between the passenger and drivers side (noise coming from passenger side):

    Disconnect ball joint on PS, not on DS.
    PS axle didn't come with snap ring on it - so I took the one of my old d-series axle and threw it on.
    Since I compressed the snap ring too much, it started sliding out of the transmission. I spread it a little, and threw it back on - doesn't seem to be coming out anymore.
    I didn't have any of these issues with the DS.

    Any other suggestions?
     
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    are you sure you put the little washers in place when you assembled the strut/spring/top hat?

    here's a stupid idea - open hood, push down on the car if the strut rod is moving up/down then im willing bet you didnt do it right.

    if not, sorry man. good luck finding where your fuck up is.
     
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    I have done all of the regular troubleshooting. It was making the noise before I swapped the H&R springs for the GC's, and when I pulled them apart and put them back together, I made sure that I had everything together correctly - I even looked up the service manual just to make sure.
     
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    Check your CV joints dude. I was bullshittin with my friend today, a mechanic of 30 years or so experience, and told him that my Camry was makiin that sound frequently. He heard the sound himself when i pulled up in front of his garage, and he said he was almost positive that it was the CV joint. I trust his opinion and I'm gonna have him inspect it this week. Check on that dude.
     
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    Ok, to eliminate the CV. Is it a click or a thud?
     
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    i had this problem also, it turned out to be the bushings on the a arm up top.
    There are two bushings, and mine were bad, so when i would stop, the A-arm would hit metal and stop; instead of staying in place and springing back on take off.
    I used a screw driver to pry on the A-arm and noticed that it stayed to the side. But on my passenger side, i pried on the A-arm and it would spring back into the center of the bushings.
    Check that out :)
     
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