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What is this front suspension noise? Knocking/clunk/clicking

Hey all, I have a noise coming from my front suspension that started after I got an alignment. All the bushings and balljoints were recently refreshed before that so those are all in good shape. I would describe it as a sort of knocking/clunking noise or maybe a creaking noise that happens mostly when braking or on certain bumps or occasionally when turning. I attached some videos where you can hear the sound since that's probably easier than trying to describe it.

Any ideas what I'm hearing here? Blown front shock? Something else loose?



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1st Check wheel bearings

2nd control arm bushings may be worn out, hitting metal to metal.
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I had a similar noise and it was the steering rack
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I had a similar noise and it was the steering rack
Same on my car, only noticed on larger bumps or while turning over bumps. Bushing on passenger side of rack had come out of the housing due to a broken clip.
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Same as mine from a few years ago, it prompted me to do a complete suspension rebuild and then it went away:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmE9cnxxjoM
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1st Check wheel bearings

2nd control arm bushings may be worn out, hitting metal to metal.
The control arm bushings were recently refreshed so I know those are in good shape. My experience with wheel bearing noises is that they'll be more consistent when turning for example or they'll change with the speed of the wheel, neither of which happens with this noise but I will check the bearings.

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I had a similar noise and it was the steering rack
What did you do with the steering rack to fix it? Replace it?

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Same as mine from a few years ago, it prompted me to do a complete suspension rebuild and then it went away:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmE9cnxxjoM
This looks promising. Were you ever able to pin-point exactly why there wasn't tension on one of the torsion bars? I'm not sure that's happening to me but the noise seems similar. When you say "complete suspension rebuild", what did that entail? I have new control arm and sway bar bushings, balljoints, and tie rods already. Didn't touch the shocks or torsion bars though. Could this not be fixed by re-indexing the torsion bar?

The other reason this might be a similar issue is that the car started to bottom out at the end of my driveway which wasn't happening before (also why I thought it could be bad or loose shocks).
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