Date: 28 Jul 2003 23:37:58 -0700
From: (Paul)
Subject: Re: Brake/Suspension Problem on 2002 9-3

Gary, Thanks for your reply, sounds like you got a very similar problem to me, I hope you get your problem sorted out soon enough and would love to hear how you fixed it. If I get any joy from the dealers I am taking my car into I will let you know. Paul. "Gozer" <> wrote in message news:<RFcVa.17821$>... > I think I've had a little of the same problem as you described with the > clunking sound in my 1999 9-3. However, in my case it sounds more to me > like it's a bad ball joint or my struts are starting to go. I get loud > clunking sounds going over bumps, but also in tight steering situations like > manuevering in/out of a parking spots. I can actually lightly feel the pop > in the floor and/or in the pedals. > > I've had it into the dealer several times. In each case they > couldn't/wouldn't identify the exact cause and temporarily resolved the > issue by loosening most of the suspension and steering parts, and then > tightening them back down to factory spec. This only resolved the issue for > about the first 50 miles. > > In an effort to hunt down the issue I replaced the sterring rack myself with > a used, but newer one I got a good deal on. I closely inspect the old one > and the newer one, but didn't see much with either that could cause such a > sound. The dealer replaced one of the lower suspension arms so I don't > imagine it could be that anymore. > > I'm left with the theory that it could be my struts and so I've decided to > order new struts. I'm looking for something better in quality than OEM > anyway and maybe just a touch more sporty, but I'd prefer not to lose too > much ride comfort. I'll probably end up with Koni or Eibach. I also > figured it would give me a good oportunity to losen up much of the > suspension parts and do some testing. As I write this now I'm even > considering inspecting the insides of the CVJ cups for grooving, although > probably won't find anything. If I have some success, I'll be sure to post > back to the groups. > > Gary

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