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I have a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. I recently changed out my old struts for brand new ones. After the new ones were installed, I hear a clicking sound when I accelerate and when I brake. There will be one click when I accelerate from a dead stop. Also a click when I slow down and stop. One click when I go and then another click when I stop. I can’t figure out where it’s coming from. All the bolts and nuts for the strut are tight and torqued correctly. Does this sound like a loose brake pad or something? If anyone has any advice please let me know! Thanks

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  • Did you check ball joints and tie rods?
    – Jupiter
    Jun 29 at 16:23
  • Tie rods ends were replaced last year. I looked at the lower ball joint on the right side which Is where I think the noise is coming from and it looks fine.
    – Tim
    Jun 29 at 17:06
  • I'm ignoring the fact that struts were just changed because properly installed struts won't do this. The most common causes for these symptoms are cause from play in the suspension. Tie rods, ball joints, loose steering gear, possibly CV joints or most often u joints of it's a 4WD or AWD.
    – Jupiter
    Jun 29 at 22:55
  • It’s a hybrid and is only front wheel drive. I think it probably is not the cv joint as I changed it on that side last year. How do I check to see if it’s any of the other things you listed? I’ve taken the wheels off multiple times to see if I can see anything that’s loose and I couldn’t see anything but I’m no expert….
    – Tim
    Jun 30 at 13:44
  • when i turn the steering wheel while the car is not moving, sometimes there is a thump sound but not always... do you think this has anything to do with the clicking noise?
    – Tim
    Jun 30 at 16:02

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