How to resolve front end suspension noise
After installing new struts and springs, some complain of various
noises. There are a number of points which should be double checked
if you experience noises that didn't previously exist before the
- Some noises from the front suspension are normal for a few days
after the springs are installed. These are just due to the spring
settling. Many have reported the noises went away after a few
- The Illuminas don't have a mount for both point on the break
line. Therefore, the brake line can make noises knocking against
the plastic wheel well. Secure the brake line so it doesn't knock
against the wheel well plastic as you see fit.
- Be sure to observe the manufacturer torque specifications outlined
in the how-to.
- Assure the spring isolator is covering the bottom of the spring
and the tip of the bottom of the spring isn't rubbing against
the perch. To keep the isolator from slipping off the end of the
spring again, use 3M Scotch-Grip on the inside of the isolator
to assure the isolator doesn't slide around on the spring.
- Make sure the "OUT" marking on the top hat is facing
out toward the tire rather than in toward the vehicle.
- Check the condition of the strut bearing to assure it wasn't
damaged during installation. The strut bearing allows the strut
to turn in the mount as the wheel is turned. If this is the issue,
the sound can be reproduced when the car is parked and the wheel
is turned lock to lock.
- If you hit a huge pothole and have noticed a "loose"
noise since the incident, you may have damaged the wheel bearing.
This almost sounds like the wheel is loose. This is also a fairly
common issue on 5th gen Maxima's, as you can see in this
thread. (15 out of 78 people surveyed on Maxima.org have had
this issue at some point)
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