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Some customers may comment on a clunk or thump noise coming from the front suspension while driving over rough road surfaces. This noise will typically occur when the front suspension is returning to the upward position after a hard downward stroke, such as after driving through a large rut or pothole.
This condition may be caused by the jounce bumper slamming into the upper spring seat because it is not retained in the correct up position. The jounce bumper loses position due to oil being deposited onto its retention fingers. The oil is from the strut leaking.
Inspect the front strut(s) for evidence of oil. The leak may be slight but will still cause a problem. If oil is present, replace the affected strut, jounce bumper and dust boot (shield). Before reassembling the strut assembly, glue the new jounce bumper and new dust boot (shield) to the upper spring seat using the steps listed below. To confirm this concern, the shield/bumper will easily slide up and down the strut shaft.
2. Apply a light coat of automotive adhesion promoter to the top of the dust boot (shield) on the inside edge and to the top of the bumper. Allow to dry 10 minutes.
3. Glue the bumper to the inside of the dust boot (shield) as shown. Use fast curing adhesive. Allow to cure thoroughly 5-10 minutes at room temperature.
5. Glue the dust boot (shield) to the upper spring seat as shown using the above recommended adhesive. Allow to cure thoroughly.
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