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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10th September 2019, 12:39 Thread Starter
 
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Continuous noise - front-end of Civic

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Just purchased a UK 2007 Civic 1.8 EX model about two weeks back.Last owner had not taken much care of it ( broken wing mirror, black oil, green residue in coolant ) plus it had been stood for a while but I can see potential in the old girl...mileage 111000

It has recently started producing a noise like a thump/squelch from the offside wheel arch , it is especially noticeable on low speed,uneven surfaces and tight cornering to the left. Occasionally I can drive a few miles with no noise , hit a hole and it starts again , other times it is there the whole journey. Once or twice there has been a whistle noise from the front but this goes after a few mins of driving off but has appeared during a drive and then gone again
The front end can be a little choppy sometimes when it is happening but not bouncing all over in the case of worn shocks or springs.Braking is fine with no hesitation or pulling to the left/right.
I took it to my regular mechanic for a full service but as he was busy he did a brief check and noted that the springs,shocks,track ends were ok. I mentioned that the bump stops are a known issue but he said they appeared ok and not perished. The discs are not warped or scored, the caliper looks a little rusty but does not appear to be binding on.
I am taking it back in this week so he can do a full check as he said he did not have time during the service and last inspection was a brief check.


Anyway just looking for pointers to try and save him sometime. Does this sound like a classic bump stop fail or top mounts?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10th September 2019, 12:55
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Certainly sounds like something in/on the shock
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Our mk8 also had that squelching noise for years, eventually the shock absorber started leaking so changed it and the squelching magically disappeared, so probably was that all along.
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Thanks for the posts..hopefully it will be something straight forward..will keep updated on here..
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The coolant is meant to be green btw
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This sounds a lot like mine a few months ago, it's making a right racket now & sounds like grating metal (or maybe it's the spring creacking?) when i go over a speed-bump or on a rough road.
Looking at the shocks the bump-stop has slid down the shock and doesn't appear to sit in the top mount on one side. The top mount it looks like the the shock is sitting in it at a tiny angle, the wheel also appears to have a tiny bit of camber. i'm going to swap out the shocks and the top mounts on it. Not sure if i should bite the bullet and buy some Eibach lowering springs while i'm at it.
Is there anything else anyone recommends doing?
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Thanks for the helpful advice , still not got car in but mechanic thinks it is worn shocker, your post has made me think I may get the top mounts checked or replaced along with them.
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