I have a question about the suspension on my 2005 Dodge Stratus?

Tiny
ASHLEYHENRY1986
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  • 2005 DODGE STRATUS
  • 2.7L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 162,000 MILES
It has a popping noise everytime I go over bumps or turn on my right driver side.I brought it to a shop and they took the wheels off and inpected my wheel bearings, lower and upper ball joints, cv axle, control arms, tie rods. The only thing he said he could find was the passenger side strut mount is bad. And he said the sound is tranfering to the driver side. He said there is no way that it could be any of the parts named above.I have new struts and mount bushings on both sides and he said the mounts and mount busshings on the driver side are good. What else could be the problem. It sounds like a coke bottle being crunched. It's really anoying and sounds like something gonna break. Please help and give me ideas to what it could be and if im safe to drive it.
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Sunday, April 19th, 2015 AT 11:35 PM

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Tiny
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Was the mechanic able to replicate the noise in the shop? Suspension and alignment specialists are good at finding worn parts through visual inspections, but noises can be elusive, especially if they only occur during a test-drive.

There is a tool you might be able to borrow or rent from an auto parts store that borrows them called the "Chassis Ear". It is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and headphones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the headphones. You can move the microphones around to zero in on the source of the noise. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool. Suspension and alignment mechanics use it to find rattles, squeaks, and other noises.

I'd pay particular attention to the lower control arm bushings and anti-sway bar bushings. Lower load-carrying ball joints can make a squawking noise too even though there is no movement in them during a visual inspection. Also, to check load-carrying ball joints, the car has to be raised up off the wheels. That will eliminate the tension on them and that can stop them from making noise.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 12:17 AM
Tiny
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I havr already changed the lower ball joint and control arm together. About a month ago. He drove it to his shop. So he was able to replicate the sound. What happens if it is just the sway bar.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 12:43 AM
Tiny
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An anti-sway bar bushing is not a safety issue but if it causes a squawking noise, it isn't going to get better by itself. Eventually enough of the rubber will wear away to allow the bar to bounce around inside the bracket. You may feel the thumping inside the car. Eventually your sanity will be in question.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 2:11 AM
Tiny
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THankyou.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 11:33 AM
Tiny
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Ok so we pulled the wheel off and checked all of the suspension. Everything is solid. The only thing I noticed is under the strut mount where the coil sits. Its rusty and desinigrating. Could that be whats making that noise. Also couldnt find the sway bar. The only thing I could find was the cv axle. Tie rod. And cobtrol arms and brake lines. Couldnt see any other bar. Where is it located on a 2005 dodge stratus?
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 1:10 PM
Tiny
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Look at the bottom of the strut where it bolts to the wishbone that goes around the half shaft. Just inboard of where that wishbone attaches to the lower control arm you'll see the link hanging down. That link has a ball and socket, and the lower end attaches to the anti-sway bar.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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Ok ill do that but what about the other part I told you about the ubder part of the strut mount. Its realy wrecking my vraibs. Like I wwnt to town today abd it sounds worse. Like I hit a pretty good size hole and I had a loud clunk like something almost broke. And then going down a smooth road u didnt hear it unless you hit a little dip. And also when you going down a bumpy road its costant. Like something is rattling realy loud. Metal against metal almost like a clicking popping noise. I dont understand what this is. Also when I turn is a quick pop and thats it. Also if you are in feobt of the car with the wheels on the ground abd move the car back and forth you can heae the same noise. Lower ball joints deffently ok. Upper ball joint has no play. Wheel is tight when jacked up. No play at all holding it all kinds of differwnt ways. It just sounds so bad. Like something is about to break. Like really bad. Thanka for the help.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 8:48 PM
Tiny
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Do the Chassis Ear thing. The older version with wired microphones used to cost $200.00 from the guys who drive the tool trucks around, but I've seen them for less than 70 bucks on Amazon.

When you're checking things on the suspension system, you have to watch that everything is hanging freely with no tension or vehicle weight on anything. That can mean supporting the car with jack stands under the frame so the control arms can hang freely, or with the jack stands under the control arms, depending on what you're inspecting.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 9:00 PM
Tiny
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If the upper strut mount is coming apart, that can let the shaft of the strut move around but the noise wouldn't be very loud. On your car the strut is not involved in setting the alignment so you wouldn't notice any pulling or handling problems.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 9:08 PM
Tiny
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There is no pulling or handling problems. Im going to do what u recomend. Im just so iritated. I dont know if im safe to drive my own car. And when the mechanics check it. They cant find the problem. I just want some answers. I want it fixed. I dont want someone to tell me there is nothing wrong when clearly thwre is. Its so stressing
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 9:24 PM
Tiny
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Take the car to a tire and alignment specialty shop. The people there specialize in finding the causes of noises and vibrations.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 9:43 PM
Tiny
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Thanks so much. Im going to go to a local shop called suires tire and allignment. They should beable to help me. I didnt even think about that
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 AT 9:55 PM

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