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 Post subject: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:06 pm 
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Hi,

Im having an issue with my EF Fairmont Sedan, It makes this continuous "clunking" sound out of the left rear wheel/suspension, It happens over even slight corrugations in the road. I have replaced the shock absorbers on both sides, replaced the rear rotors, discs, pads and Ive just had it checked out on a major service and they had no idea what is making the noise.

Has anyone ever had this problem before? any help would be great.
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 Post subject: Re: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:00 pm 
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Car jack loose in the spare wheel well?
See if you can get a friend willing enough to curl up in the boot as you go for a drive to see if he can pin point the sound better.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:35 pm 
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MADXF wrote:
Car jack loose in the spare wheel well?
See if you can get a friend willing enough to curl up in the boot as you go for a drive to see if he can pin point the sound better.


haha. ill see if i can find someone small enough. yeah i looked at the jack and spare wheel etc. but no changes :(
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 Post subject: Re: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:40 pm 
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Its either something in your boot, so remove it all and go for a drive, or the lower shock mount bolt is loose.
You need to do them up stupidly tight to remove the noise.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:00 pm 
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i reckon the lower shock mount bolt might be the issue. we tightened them to the manual recommendations, but that might be for the factory shocks or just completely wrong?

thanks for the help.
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 Post subject: Re: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:59 pm 
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Did you tighten them while on the ground? And, maybe the rubber cushions on the springs (top and bottom) may have gone a little slack?
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 Post subject: Re: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:18 pm 
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Maybe upper or lower rear control arm bushes. With handbrake on rock the car back and forth by turning back wheel on level ground back and forth. If there is a clunk its the bushes in one of the rear control arms. This test twists the diff up and down applying pressure to the control arm bushes. The top ones are normally the first to go.
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 Post subject: Re: EF Fairmont Rear End Problems
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:44 pm 
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got it fixed. it was the bolt on the bottom of the shocker. it was loose. tightened her up in 2 mins and im done.
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