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Old 04-24-2011, 06:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hit pothole, right rear wheel hop/clunk sound after small bump in road

Just ran into a very small pothole and I heard a discouraging pop noise come from the right rear wheel area as soon as I hit the pothole. The car drove fine after until I go over the smallest little bumps in the road and then I have this pretty nasty wobble or what feels like a wheel wobble anyway. The right rear of the car literally hops up and down a little bit. As this is happening there is also an almost hollow-ish clunking sounding noise.

I did search google but didn't come up with much at all. Haven't heard of or seen this kind of thing before on this site. Any ideas? I really very much appreciate your thoughts!

I'm thinking it could be a toe link issue? Haven't checked those nuts in several thousand miles. Anyway I hope someone has some kind of idea. Going on the lift now.

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See if there is any free play in the toe links, ball joints, or wishbones. Could easily be the toe link stud backing out... also check the two caphead bolts holding the upper wishbone to the rear upright... they have been known to shear also.
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Will do, apk. Thanks so much.

I see youre in NYC. This pothole was in Huntington on LI. I moved to LI from CT a few months ago, still can't get over how terrible the roads are down here.
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The toe link ball joint bolt sheared right off.

I assume that bolt can be replaced without needing to replace anything else correct?

I also will assume I'll need an alignment again now too.

I think I'll send the town of Huntington an invoice lol.
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Will do, apk. Thanks so much.

I see youre in NYC. This pothole was in Huntington on LI. I moved to LI from CT a few months ago, still can't get over how terrible the roads are down here.
I was driving on the LIE out of Manhattan yesterday... it looks like the winter really did a number on the roads...
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The toe link ball joint bolt sheared right off.

I assume that bolt can be replaced without needing to replace anything else correct?

I also will assume I'll need an alignment again now too.

I think I'll send the town of Huntington an invoice lol.
I'd be tempted to replace both toe link bolts with a double shear brace if I were you... it's not necessary, but it's much stronger than stock. Make sure to check the other toe link stud if you're not going to replace it. Yes, you'll need a rear toe alignment when you replace those parts.

EDIT: Many times the reason the bolt shears it is because it has come loose and is moving back and forth in the crossmember under load... if your left side toe link stud is loose as well, it may only be a matter of time before it fails also.
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Well I need some rear toe links. Dont care what they are as lonmg as they fit an Elise.

Have cash in hand.

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I have the oem toe links (shaft and outboard toe link) from my 2005 Elise, I replaced mine with BOE's unit. I believe these haven't changed over production years. They have no signs of wear. Let me know if this is what you need.

Edit just looked at them. The joints feel good and there's no distortion at all of the bolt (some have stretched thin) The nut for each is missing, so you'd need to source that. Not looking to profit from these. That said, prolly a lot of guys have these as many of us have upgraded as apk919 mentions ... these are in ample supply.

I get a discount shipping from work, so, holler if decide not to put in an upgraded part.

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I was thinking too of just replacing the bolt. That was my only issue, that it sheared in half. But I know I could remove the half with the head on it and the other half that's stuck in the ball I could definitely back out. Then find the same size bolt in 11 strength and throw that in there.

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I was thinking too of just replacing the bolt. That was my only issue, that it sheared in half. But I know I could remove the half with the head on it and the other half that's stuck in the ball I could definitely back out. Then find the same size bolt in 11 strength and throw that in there.

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Nope, you can't do that. The stock toe-link stud has the ball joint integral to the stud, you can't separate the ball joint. The track-pack factory brace and the aftermarket versions have a spherical joint through which a "normal" bolt is used to attach the joint, brace, and wishbone to the chassis.
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Ahhh ok.
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