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Knocking Noise While Turning and/or a Banging Noise When Driving on Rough Roads on Saab 9-3

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A knocking noise while turning and/or a banging noise when driving on rough roads may develop in the front suspension. This type of noise is commonly caused by a front strut thrust bearing damaged due to water intrusion. Our technicians tell us revised thrust bearings are available to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 90,565 (35,000–185,000)
9 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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Started with just a clicking noise - got progressively worse the started clunking /knocking noise on rough roads and when turning
Local roads are rough and at just 62,000 are experiencing the effects. When turning the steering wheel from center the rack "clunks". It does this in both directions. Also driving over rough roads the front end bangs. I assumed it was the struts or ball joint.
When turning, it feels like the steering column is knocking/banging/nudging against something
Right front passenger side: noise when I go over uneven road or small pothole. Thought it might be plastic lining in wheel whelk or undercarriage. Now I'm thinking its the strut.
Knocking noise when driving on slightly rough road and car steers right when steering wheel is straight
Knocking noise while turning. Also, as of this morning, the engine will not turn over.
When I turn to the left I hear a crunching noise. what could it be. My mechanic says it could be my ab Axel but I think it could be my bushings.
When I bought the car everything was great. Then all of the fun started. My front passenger wheel was making this terrible knocking noise so i took off my tire and my spring was partially snapped!! I took off that broken piece and the knocking stopped. I bought TWO springs for the front of my car and it only costed me 60 dollars (plus shipping) on WWW.EEUROPARTS.COM . Great website for SAAB owners!
Front end thump, with vibration through steering column, when turning. Only noticable if there is any sort of road imperfection.
I had the same noise - found that one spring cracked and lost a piece. Had both springs and struts replaced in front. Now one year and 8K miles later, it's fantastic! (Found out that even though mine is and 02 - the 1996 or 8's through 2001 SE converts had had a recall on front coil springs due to excessive wear and breakage. Just too late to claim it now, unfortunately.