Reader Question: Hi,
I have a 1998 Ford Escort. The front end is shaking and thumping, especially during city driving.
Why is it doing that?
A few things can cause that. I would start by inspecting the:
1. Tires for wear and for any high spots or bubbles on the tread surface that might cause a wobble or shake as you drive
2. Out of balance tires – that need to be rotated and balanced.
3. Worn out or broken front “strut mount bearings”, which hold the front struts to the body of the vehicle. These strut mounts are made of rubber which deteriorate and can cause the strut to bang against the side of the metal body of the car producing a clanging/rattle which is more noticeable when going over bumps or RR tracks.
4. Worn out front end parts like the sway bar link bushings, which are causing the steering linkage of the vehicle to come in contact with the body of the vehicle and produce a rattle or clanging noise on bumps or turns.
I would visit your local repair shop and have them take a ride with you so they hear the noise you hear. They can raise the vehicle up in the air and inspect the items I mentioned above, or you can do it yourself if you know what to look for.