1995 Toyota Corolla Clicking/rattling noise when turn left

Tiny
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  • 1995 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 179,000 MILES
Dear Expert Mechanics,

I heard some kind of clicking/rattling noise from the front left of the car.

Whenever that front left area receives less weight, as the result of turning left, or accelerating, that noise start. But it will stop as soon as that area receive the even weight.

The faster I turn left, the louder the noise. Less weight on that section result in louder noise.

What could it be? Do I need to replace the whole front suspension system?

Many thanks!
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 AT 5:36 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

This will be a faulty CV in the drive shaft, have this inspected first.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 AT 5:47 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the response, Mark. That's fast :)

Before I post my question in here, I already took the car to the repair shop two times (they claimed they're Toyota Specilist), but they're unable to find anything.

What you suggest was exactly my first request to them, to check the CV joints. But they claimed they didn't find anything. Instead they told me they heard the fan belt noise instead

On my second visit, they said it's the transmission mount.

After they replaced the transmission mount, it's slightly better when the weather is cold, but then the next day, the noise is back.

Could it be as simple as the strut mount maybe (considering that it's the common problem in Corolla)?
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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 AT 4:38 PM
Tiny
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HI there,

If its not in the CV then I would be checking the strut and its mounting bolts and the top plate, there may be a valving problem in the strut but with this type of noise one really need to hear it first hand, let me know how you get on.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 AT 5:32 PM
Tiny
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Generally the CV joints will click when the protective boots get ripped or torn and lubricant leaks out.

It may also be a front wheel bearing, which on Toyota's are pressed in, not hub assemblies.

If struts are tight, look for leaking oil on strut piston.

As Mark pointed out it is hard to diagnose without hearing it.
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Friday, July 31st, 2009 AT 8:04 AM

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