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by alturic
Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

So, just to keep this updated I did the Strut and Top Mount (reused the old coil springs since no-one had 2 springs or 2 quick struts in stock around me and all vibration/feeling in pedals seems to be gone when hitting bumps in the ~20 miles I've drove the car around. The only (for the love of all t...
by alturic
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Sway Bar End-Links... money-pit of parts... in-depth... :(
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Update: I sprayed some WD-40 on the end-links and as soon as I got in the car I heard the creak. So updated symptoms: creaking is now when steering is turned full left (in park obviously since rarely do you full left while driving :P) and/or you are getting in AND out of the car. Almost definitely r...
by alturic
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Sway Bar End-Links... money-pit of parts... in-depth... :(
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Sway Bar End-Links... money-pit of parts... in-depth... :(

SEE UPDATE TL;DR Originally had growl which went away when turning right. Thumps when slowly going over bumps. Feeling bumps through foot pedals/steering wheel. Steering was sloppy/pulled. Replaced: Shop Visit 1: BOTH front bearings, no hub Shop Visit 2 (1 week later): BOTH Full Control Arm Assembl...
by alturic
Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Ouch, I forgot they charge so much to replace that mount. I would say it's too much, but I'd probably pay that if I had the extra cash to avoid the hassle. The knuckles are easy enough to pull off so I wouldn't pay them to do the bearings either. Yea, they charged me $280 for a bearing. The only (w...
by alturic
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Mine were deformed, I could actually grab them and wiggle them around and make them clunk. It was kind of embarrassing driving down the road they were rattling bad as any loose thing would. Perhaps my bad vertical control arm bushings were the culprit of the actual "clunking" lol, but those end lin...
by alturic
Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

I just replaced my sway bar end links and my symptoms were pretty much the same as yours. Now that I've changed them no more clunking noises! Were your CLEARLY bad or just "deformed" (there's a pic floating around on here I think it is even) that shows links that don't look bad at all, but "deforme...
by alturic
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

I'm with Nick. They are cheap and easy to do (not saying it will be because everything that is easy something happens which ends up taking a day). Also, I am experiencing the, what I think is, same noise as you. I looked at my suspension a couple of weeks and I need new struts in the rear and my sw...
by alturic
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:41 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Hey guys, still pulling my hair out with the clunk on bumps when hitting them slowly. So at this point I'm thinking it's either a.) middle motor mount, b.) strut/strut mounts or c.) R&P, meh I guess I'll throw in d.) sway bar links. Middle motor mount : Anyway to visibly check it without ripping eve...
by alturic
Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Honestly this shop sounds like they enjoy throwing parts at an issue to hope it goes away. I'd find another shop. If the car is jacked up off the ground and you grasp the tire with both hands do you have any play in it horizontally or vertically? http://youtu.be/scFbb43fwqk?t=5m57s I've seen cars w...
by alturic
Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:04 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

With the oem bolts there is not camber adjustment. The camber bolts have mixed reviews around here. Some say they can move if you hit a pothole which means you'll need to have another alignment done. Some say they work fine and haven't had those problems. The sure fire way to adjust camber is to ha...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Yeah I did the same thing, changed the timing belt then had to tear it back apart for the mount a year later. Pulling the mounting plate and crank pulley off are the hardest part of the job really. The tensioner and water pump are just a few bolts to remove. I believe you can do some damage to the ...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Once you have the side engine mount plate off, you're right there to do the timing belt. It's a pretty easy job in my opinion... I've done a few, but it shouldn't take you more than 4 hours start to finish and yes, I'd suggest replacing that mount when you're in there. Nothing sucks more than havin...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

The only three mounts I did was upper, lower, tranny side mounts. You know, I never thought of doing the power-brake while looking through the mount hole. The car does have 76k on it, it doesn't appear to be a typical bolt head either, looks like it's a star bolt unlike the rest of the mounts? The ...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

I WISH it was that easy, funnily enough it really does sound like it's something like the battery just bouncing around in there, as in a "heavy" clunk sound. Either way, battery is tightened, and lower mount was already replaced. The only one I didn't do (yet... since it's a PITA) is the middle/rea...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Had something like this happen to me. Turns out it was a combo of a bad lower motor mount and the fact my battery wasn't bolted down..lol I WISH it was that easy, funnily enough it really does sound like it's something like the battery just bouncing around in there, as in a "heavy" clunk sound. Eit...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Camber or toe? I thought camber wasn't adjustable Camber, and with it being unadjustable it'd make sense they wanted me to buy this kit, which according to them is nothing but smaller bolts basically? Either way, according to both before and after alignment printouts I have, camber was adjusted, wh...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

This shit is seriously getting annoying now and I think I found a "branch" (albeit locally owned) service center I will make it my life mission to boycott and ensure they receive nothing but negative reviews. So, as I was mentioning 2 weeks ago a branch replaced both driver and passenger bearing. Al...
by alturic
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

If the middle/rear motor mount was bad it would cause some vibrations inside the car. In the beginning it happens when hitting big dips in the road. As the mount gets worse it can start making clunking noises over bumps and vibrating under acceleration. Eventually it sounds like a war zone inside t...
by alturic
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

snip Yea, there's definitely no visible leaks or anything like that anywhere on either assembly but I'll play around with it to see if I can come up with anything I guess. Like I said, for ~$20, if the ones in that picture in the thread are bad, I suppose I'll throw two new links on it as well sinc...
by alturic
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

You know come to think of it....what about strut mounts??? Did you visually check your sway bar and end links?? Well, how exactly would you recommend checking the mounts themselves? I'd assume I'd hear/feel movement when bouncing up/down or pushing left-right on the car, no? :-/ Sway bar/link and a...
by alturic
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Referring to your mounts you said the middle one was not replaced? I'm not sure if it's the same for Dodges but for Honda (I work for Honda shitty cars by the way I never liked them to begin with and working for Honda makes me despise them and I judge everyone that buys one Toyota is better anyways...
by alturic
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Referring to your mounts you said the middle one was not replaced? I'm not sure if it's the same for Dodges but for Honda (I work for Honda shitty cars by the way I never liked them to begin with and working for Honda makes me despise them and I judge everyone that buys one Toyota is better anyways...
by alturic
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)
Replies: 47
Views: 5299

Front-end clunks (all the basics seemingly check out fine)

I forgive the wall of text, and truly hope you read it as I'm fairly confident to get a "big picture" of what's been happening it's all related-ish. I've included any and all "symptoms" as to give a potential "oh, this sounds exactly like X part is bad or going bad", you know? At this point, I haven...
by alturic
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: HT Engine
Topic: Proper Engine Torque Strut Alignment
Replies: 85
Views: 47832

I'm not worried about vibration loosening stuff up cause the vibration is mainly at idle. Going down the road it's fine. As you said, all Neon's have the famous rough idle at the stupid low 600 rpm that this engine gets down to. I wish there was a way to set the idle to about 900 rpm. The engine id...
by alturic
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:18 am
Forum: HT Engine
Topic: Proper Engine Torque Strut Alignment
Replies: 85
Views: 47832

It's those Anchor mounts. They are just too stiff and don't absorb the vibration adequately. I have the same exact problem after changing to those mounts. Don't know how the manufacturer of those Anchor mounts produced those without thoroughly testing them. The only option I can see is either repla...
by alturic
Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: HT Engine
Topic: Proper Engine Torque Strut Alignment
Replies: 85
Views: 47832

Definitely fix the alignment. That sounds like it's pretty far off. Also, there is a plastic plug / hole cover in the right front wheel well (about the size of a half dollar coin) which you can pop out. Once it's out, some of the middle mount rubber will be exposed. Give it a look, see if there are...
by alturic
Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: HT Engine
Topic: Proper Engine Torque Strut Alignment
Replies: 85
Views: 47832

Definitely fix the alignment. That sounds like it's pretty far off. Also, there is a plastic plug / hole cover in the right front wheel well (about the size of a half dollar coin) which you can pop out. Once it's out, some of the middle mount rubber will be exposed. Give it a look, see if there are...
by alturic
Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: HT Engine
Topic: Proper Engine Torque Strut Alignment
Replies: 85
Views: 47832

You didn't specify - IF you changed the motor mount, that is inside the passenger side frame rail ?? :-k It sounds like you changed all the other ones, except that one. - Nick Hey Nick, that's correct I didn't want to tear everything apart just to get to that mount, which may (or may not of course)...
by alturic
Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: Replaced motor mounts, crazy-ish vibrations now occuring.
Replies: 2
Views: 689

Replaced motor mounts, crazy-ish vibrations now occuring.

TL;DR 05 Neon SXT - 78k miles - Original owner, haven't replaced anything outside of normal w/t parts (brakes, rotors, tires, drive-side tie rod end, passenger-side rear control arm bushing) almost literally, if not actually literally. 0 Vibrations before replacing motor mounts. Deep thumps/thuds wh...
by alturic
Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: HT Engine
Topic: Proper Engine Torque Strut Alignment
Replies: 85
Views: 47832

Hey guys, I hate to necro an old thread but I'm in the same boat as apparently a TON of other Neon (05) owners after replacing mounts but here's a brief history and I'll try to keep it as short as possible but definitely need to read it all: TL;DR 05 Neon SXT - 78k miles - Original owner, as far as ...

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