New struts on 1998 ES300 6 cylinder engine

Tiny
TSANLIS
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  • 1998 LEXUS
I bought a 98 ES300 from a friend with 100K in excellent shape with the exception that the right front wheel was making a clunking noise going over bumps.

I replaced the struts and shocks, the ride improved significantly but now I have the same noise from both the right and left struts. The noise is like a clanking ( metal to metal) like a nut that is loose noise that gets better as the car warms up until it actualy disappears.

It can sit in the sun for 2 to 3 hours and the noise is no longer there. My mechanic is stumpt and so am I.

Any ideas?

Ted
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Thursday, April 5th, 2007 AT 2:49 PM

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Tiny
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Did you replace the upper strut mounts? Also take a look at the front stabilizer links and bushings. The links have to be removed to change the struts and they were probably made worse while taking them off and reinstalling them. Very common. Just did some front links on one yesterday to remove clunk.
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 AT 2:53 AM
Tiny
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Have exact same issue with my 98 lexus.

Dealer says it will be $1500 to replace structs/shocks.

Curious - what did you spend to repair your struts?
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Monday, April 16th, 2007 AT 6:54 PM

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