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Knocking clunking noise from front end at low speed
I have noticed over the last couple of weeks a knocking noise has developed from the front end of my Civic when travelling over uneven road surface at low speed 10mph-30mph.
I have previously had both front suspension struts, bump stops and front sub-frame replaced under warranty a couple of years ago, but my Civic is now almost 3.5 years old.
The noise seems to mainly come from the passenger side although can be triggered when any wheel goes over a small bump, front or rear! I’m starting to think it could be something loose in the engine bay or maybe a link between the suspension. The bumps stops are still firmly in place.
It seems to happen when the body of the car shifts rather than when a sudden shock is received, since it does not make the noise at higher speeds. When going over a larger pot hole or grid for example the suspension seems to make the normal ‘thud’ noise.
I have considered taking out an extended warranty from my dealer, but am not sure if it would cover these kinds or repairs/works. I’m going to read the fine print on that one.
Would anyone have any ideas of anything I can check/inspect on the car? I want to avoid running up a bill for fault-finding work by a garage if possible.
Any help/tips on this much appreciated, thanks,