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post #1 of 18 Old 09-24-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Front suspension knocking

Hi everyone.

I own a 2007 Compass. Front wheel drive, manual gear box, and 2.4 litre

Recently I've begun to hear a knocking sound emanating from the front suspension. It happens when I turn the wheel, and when the vehicle travels in reverse.

I want to say its the tie-rods, actually I don't, but it does sound like them. The reason I'm hesitant to go that way is that the vehicle only has 70,000 km on it. Seems strange to have tie-rods go bad at such a young age.

Anyone else have this issue?

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-24-2012, 11:58 AM
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70,000 is alot for these cars. Many go out as low as 35,000. And yes it's often tie rod ends.
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You're kidding! Replacing tie-rods at 35,000 km? I hope it isn't expensive.
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-24-2012, 02:50 PM
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Not a whole tie rod, just the ends. So im told. Mine havent done it yet, but its probably the weekest link on these cars. Common problem amongst these forum threads.
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Could also be a ball joint, strut mount, sway bar link or sway bar bushing.

I wish you luck I had a clunk in my 07 Patriot I chased for 2 years and never found.

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I think that lower control arm mount bushings is the other popular one on here.
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post #7 of 18 Old 09-24-2012, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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I've been reading a lot about the control arm issue. Is it an expensive repair?
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post #8 of 18 Old 09-24-2012, 07:27 PM
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Some people on here replace just the bushing themselves with a "Moog" brand bushing, which are really cheap. I want to say like $20 cheap? For those of us less skilled, you have to buy the whole control arm with pre installed bushing, $170 or so rings a bell. And perhaps labor costs to put it in.
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You can get control arms complete with ball joint for under $80 shipped from Rock Auto.

They're by no means difficult to replace but you'll need a alignment afterwards.

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post #10 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much guys. I'll get the vehicle in the air and figure out what parts I need.
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I think that lower control arm mount bushings is the other popular one on here.
Had to replace mine at 20,000 miles on our '08. That sucked, but crap happens, and we love the Compass.
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Those were covered under warranty right?
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post #13 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Any other common issues I should look for? So far I like my compass a lot. Apparently mine is one of less than ten 2007 models with a beige exterior and interior. In Canada anyway. Unless the dealership was lying to me, which isn't unheard of.
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There's been alot of grumbling on here of dome lights leaking water into the interior. The source is supposedly a plugged drainage line in the roof somewhere. So keep your eyes on the dome lights when it rains.
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post #15 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 10:57 AM
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Only other one I can think of is the CVT tranny overheating and needing new fluid prematurely. But you gots the manual so you should be safe.
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