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    Default What would cause the suspension spring seat to rub against the car?

    Hi folks,

    I've been getting a weird knock sound when on full lock and when the steering wheel passes through center.

    When I brake, especially down hill, I can can hear creaking coming from the front.

    I had it in for its MOT (which passed - just) and I asked him to look for the cause. When I picked the car up he said the the Suspension Spring Seat (the bit that the bottom part of the spring sits on) is rubbing against the inside metal work. He had asked if I had had a frontal impact which I hadnt. He thought the impact might have pushed the metal outwards towards the spring. His solution was to put a broom handle on the metal work and hammer it away from the spring seat. Not quite what I was expecting.

    It has quitened down a bit but still rubs on full lock and creeks like an old man under breaking.

    The anti-roll bar bushes were replaced last year along with the drop links. He said they still looked in good nick.

    Has anyone got any idea whats happend to my suspension??

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    Are you sure the creaking isnt from the brakes? Also the bottom of one of my springs had snapped, but it was inside a plastic sleeve so you couldnt tell, this would shift the position of the spring.

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    Could you post a pic of where it's been rubbing? There is an abs sensor cable in the same place that can rub and it makes it look like the struts been rubbing. Had this on my last vec

    It could also be the strut top bearings as they can knock when they get worn

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    I've tried taking a photo but it's a bit to dark. I'll have to jack it up and take the wheel of to get a proper look.






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    could the actual rod of the damper unit in the strut be bent from some inpact, I have had this once causing groaning noises and was only found when I stripped the whole front end down including taking off the springs to check the top bearings and when I checked the rod of the damper it was slightly bent with marks on it where it was going in and out the damper unit. hth

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