I have a '95 Escort LX Manual Hatchback. In the last couple months
I've started hearing a strange noise. I can best describe the noise as
a "grinding thump". It doesn't follow a regular rythm. I hear a
couple/few grinding-thumps, then it stops. Then it'll start again. I
usually hear it as I'm starting from a stop. Sometimes I hear it just
as I'm rolling to a stop (clutch in, brake applied).
It occurs often, but not always. I never seem to hear it at high
speeds, but that may be because road noise it drowning it out. It
doen't seem to be coming from anywhere specific. It almost sounds like
it's coming from the whole car, which may mean it's right underneath
FYI: I few weeks ago, when I had my inspection, the mechanic said I
need new struts (which I haven't done yet). Also, today I put some
more air in the tires and the noise seems more pronounced now.
Anyone have any ideas?