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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-17-2011, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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Front End Problem

I've got a 2005 cobalt with a front end problem. I recently replaced both of the struts in the front, but now, on the passenger side, when you drive you can hear a loud thumping and shaking sound, and when you slow down or start to stop, you can hear like a weird re-er re-er re-er (squeaking) sound. I am thinking it's my hub assembly, but I am not totally sure. Does anyone know how to check what else it could be? (When it starts rattling it usually does it above 25, and the wheel shakes, but when you start slowing down and are about at a crawl, is when the squeaking starts (brakes or not).

I had the hub assembly on that side replaced once before, and it was fine for about 20 miles, than started doing it again, so it's possible I could have gotten a bad hub assembly, since it was used when I bought it.

If somebody could please offer me some help, I would appreciate it. Today is the only day until next weekend I can work on it, and it's my daily driver so i'd like to get it fixed.
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could be warped rotor, thats common on our cars. could be that you didnt reassemble the front strut properly...post some pics


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I bought the strut as a new complete assembly so I couldn't have put it together wrong. Would a warped rotor really make it squeak without even being on the brake and make it thump and clunk like that?
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squeak and wheel shake could be rotor. but the thumping and clunking sounds like something loose in the strut area. connecting rod possibly...


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I should add that I went to a local junkyard that does new car pulls, and pulled off both left and right front struts from a car with 4 miles on it. When I put them both on, the sway bar bolt started spinning off so I had to use vise grips to loosen the nut on both sides, is that the connecting rod you are referring to? They went back together and tightened down tight without damage to the boot at all.

The squeaking doesn't really sound like a squeak you would hear from a worn strut or anything, it sounds more like a rubbing kind of squeak.

Any way to have the rotor checked? Would just putting it on a turning wheel to get it turned find out of it's warped or not?

I find it weird that I was having the same problem, replaced the hub assembly, and it stopped for about 20 miles, than started in again. I was told by my neighbor that when driving at low speeds, like pulling up in front of the house at the curb, it looks like the tire is wobbling, or the cv joint itself is wobbling. What could be the symptoms of that?

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you check the control arm bushings
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Yeah. The control arm bushing on the one side went out before so I replaced them on both sides.
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I got the problem fixed. I ended up taking the wheel off, and one of the clips that holds the pads on was broken, so it was making the brake pads vibrate. I ended up putting new pads on and it no longer does it.

Thanks for the help, everyone!
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