old suspension troubleshooting

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 12:41
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Can anybody tell me what component is most probably gone when doing a U-turn on full lock you get a loud metallic creak or crack... it's an old L300 too.

Many Thx in advance
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 12:51

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 12:51
Wizzard, do they have CV joints? The loud noise could be your wallet cringing :-)Bob
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 12:52

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 12:52
Could be springs or CV if it happens on full lock.. is it a clicking sound or just one clunk?
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Follow Up By: wizzard - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 12:58

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 12:58
Hey truckster, I guess it's more of a continual lound clunk.
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Reply By: Member - Oskar(Bris) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 13:47

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 13:47
Many 4WD's (particularly with IFS) will make a scraping, screeching noise on full lock, over a bit of a bump or doing a "U" turn, if the steering stops are not greased.
If it is that, then there is nothing wrong except for a little grease needed on the steering stops.
Hope it is that simple
Cheers
OskarMrs Oskar on Big Red
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Reply By: Andi - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 16:27

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 16:27
I dont know how the 4WD versions differ from the 2WD versions but I used to drive an L300 for work. Had trouble with steering in the morning one day, very heavy and making a little noise. As I was turning right in the afternoon entire front dropped ont its right tire and I just avoided careening into traffic on the other side of the intersection. Stup axle or in your case possibly CV joint was completely DRY and had ground itself through. My advice would be to have it checked IMMEDIATELY!! May not be as severe in a 4WD version but it was nearly catastrpohic in the 2WD. Hope this helps and does not scare.

Andrew T
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Reply By: Eric Experience. - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:17

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:17
Wizzard.
Auska's on the money, its the stearing stop, they originaly had a plastic cap over the end of the stop but these wear out, a little grease will fix it, the stop looks like a bolt stiking out of the swivel level wih the bottom wish bone. Eric.
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Follow Up By: wizzard - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 22:08

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 22:08
Cheers thanks alot you guys teach me heaps
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Reply By: Member - Oskar(Bris) - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 15:48

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 15:48
Wizzard
How did you go?
Expensive or cheap?
OskarMrs Oskar on Big Red
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Follow Up By: wizzard - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:13

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:13
Heylo Oscar,
I intend greasing the steering stops this weekend when I do the grease and oil change. I noticed one of the cv joint rubbers is ripped so I will replace that so it keeps the grease in and the dust out. The sound has not occured recently, but I will have my suspension looked at and slowly replaced with new stuff as part of my little rebuild (so i guess it will become expensive) Thx for asking
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