Clunky front end

Arno

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Have an 09 MKS and Father has another 09 with the same problem. Clunky sounding front end. Ford says all is tight and good, obviously not. Over small bumps at moderate or slow speeds, in parking lots, in and out of driveways, etc. can hear and feel it. Has always done it, thinking might be factory struts?
 

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Hard to tell without hearing and feeling it, but from your description. It is Mounts and/or bushings. Could be some as simple as tie end, sway bar etc.
 

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Mine was lower control arm bushings. Replacing after my parts arrive, but not stopping there. Doing sway bar links, inner and outer tie rods, and if i must, new strut assembly as well. Ill post up some pics when i can.
 

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Mine was lower control arm bushings. Replacing after my parts arrive, but not stopping there. Doing sway bar links, inner and outer tie rods, and if i must, new strut assembly as well. Ill post up some pics when i can.
Hi, I'm new to the forum.

My 2010 MKS-EB needs new struts (i think).

Do you know if the complete strut assembly sets that work for the same year Taurus (SHO in my case) will work for our Lincolns?

I would assume so, but for whatever reason the parts are not available for the MKS. you have to buy just the replacement shock and not the entire assembly, makes the installation far more complex and expensive.

thanks...
 

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Have an 09 MKS and Father has another 09 with the same problem. Clunky sounding front end. Ford says all is tight and good, obviously not. Over small bumps at moderate or slow speeds, in parking lots, in and out of driveways, etc. can hear and feel it. Has always done it, thinking might be factory struts?
Mine does that, but I have the 20" low profile tire option. Low profile tires do not improve ride quality.
 

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kdschlosser

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I had a single thunk in my 2010 it turned out to be the right front control arm bushing (rear to frame). It has 160K on it so the suspension is worn. I replace everything.. and I do mean everything.. front control arms, front control arm bushings, inner and outer rack ends, front ball joints, struts, spring seats, strut mounts, rear toe links, rear trailing arms, rear lower ontrol arms, rear upper control arms, all control arm bushings, all of the bushings in the rear knuckles and the ball joints as well, shocks, wheel bearings (all), front and rear sway bar end links, front and rear sway bar bushings, front and rear brake calipers, rotors, caliper hoses, front and rear axles and CV's. I also picked up a replacement bolt for the upper control arm to knuckle in the rear that corrects the negative camber issue caused by improperly designed rear springs (severe inside tire wear on the rear)

There are 3 things on a car that have to be done right and 100% brakes, steering and airbags. (suspension and steering hold hands) all of the rest of the things not so much.. these 3 are the 3 that can kill you if not done right.

Lincoln was kind enough to put the trailing arm to frame bolt in backwards. couldn't get the bolt out unless the whole rear subframe was dropped. fun fun cutting a metric grade 10.9 (close to a grade 8) in a really confined space..
 

kdschlosser

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Hi, I'm new to the forum.

My 2010 MKS-EB needs new struts (i think).

Do you know if the complete strut assembly sets that work for the same year Taurus (SHO in my case) will work for our Lincolns?

I would assume so, but for whatever reason the parts are not available for the MKS. you have to buy just the replacement shock and not the entire assembly, makes the installation far more complex and expensive.

thanks...

No you cannot use the Taurus quick struts. There are also 2 different struts available for the 2010. You will have to use the manufacture date to know which ones to get. the struts are 2 different lengths. The Taurus springs have different compression rates and also load ratings and will screw up the handling of the MKS if you do not "convert" the rear suspension. I think you would need to change the front and rear sway bars and the rear springs in order to have the car handle properly if you want to use the Taurus quick struts. I do not know if the GVW is different between the Taurus and the MKS. I would be willing to bet it is. and changing the springs is going to change the GVW of the car. and possibly the ride height. I investigated the Taurus as well when I replaced the Suspension on my MKS. I called Monroe and asked why the taurus had a quick strut and the MKS did not and also asked if there were any differences between the 2. the short answer is.. get the correct suspension parts for your model.


if you do not know if you need new struts then you probably do not. if they are leaking then you need new ones.. if you have a vibration in the steering wheel and you can have someone drive next to you and they see your tire bouncing almost uncontrollably you need new struts. if you run your hand over the tread on your tire and you feel scalloped (wavy) tread then you need new struts. if you hit something and bent one of them..... guess what.. you need new struts and probably new control arms as well.
 
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