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Acura suspension noise pop, clunk, thump MDX

Acura MDX suspension noise pop, clunk, thump Acura MDX drivers complain of suspension noise coming from their 2001 and later MDX vehicles. They report three distinct noises. They come from the front suspension. 1. Metallic pop heard during braking and acceleration 2. Clunk, heard when driving on roads that dip 3. Thump, heard on rough roads. The first sound, metallic pop is usually caused by improper clamping force of the lower control arm to the subframe. To diagnose this problem, drive the vehicle in a circle (2-3 MPH) with the … Read More

Diagnose squeaks, clunks, and rattles electronically

Diagnose squeaks, clunks, and rattles electronically People write to me all the time asking for help finding the cause of squeaks, clunks, and rattles. Unfortunately, this is almost always AFTER they’ve taken it to a shop and the techs have guessed at the problem and replaced hundreds of dollars worth of parts. That’s really a shame and it’s NOT the way a pro should approach the diagnosis. If you are dealing with a noise problem, here’s how to be PROACTIVE with your mechanic. Ask the shop if they own a … Read More


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