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So....i've had a little clunk issue in the right front, almost since day one, when ever I would hit a bump on the passenger side tire. One day it would be there, next day it wouldn't. I even had a co-worker comment about sounds like something is loose when you hit a bump. So, i set up an appointment to take it in after work tomorrow.....in the meantime, I hate not knowing something, so I started my own "look-see". To me it sounds like a strut, so I had washed the car a couple of times, just in case there was any mud/snow hard packed up inside the wheel well. Everything looked okay.

Next I checked wheel nuts, just in case they hadnt tightened lugs at dealership, after they had put winter tires on for me. That was okay to.

Next I popped the hood and low and behold, the cap on top of the passenger side strut had popped off and the area inside was filled with water. I mean filled to the top of the strut. We had went shopping earlier in the day, so the engine bay was quite warm, and one could assume, that this water was originally ice and when it froze it forced the cap off.

And now, the question......would this have forced the clunk in my front end ? In my few minutes of examining this it appeared that when frozen, this would only hinder the strut movement by mere millimeters. I guess my point really is, why would this fill with moisture to begin with ? When I put the cap back on, I put some grease around the lip to seal it. On inspection of other side, there was a small amount of moisture in that side as well.

Does anyone think this could be an issue long or short term?

Any opinions on this would be appreciated....thanks in advance.
 

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Do you know if the water was frozen when it was making the noise? I just wonder if the ice wasn't making the noise. With any luck that is all it was.
 

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Just came back from another drive, and clunk is completely gone. I would assume the water was frozen, because it has been -20 Celsius at night here.
For it to force the cap off, it must have been frozen. It would be interesting to know if anyone else on here could check to see if they are also getting water inside the cap.
 
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