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Posted by funfer on August 28, 2001 at 15:21:29:

In Reply to: Clunking up front. posted by josh gore on August 28, 2001 at 12:52:36:

...are easily replaced. The C Arms are easier to replace as a whole rather than insert a new bushing into each arm. However, if one side is bad it is always best to replace BOTH sides at the same time. If the ball joints are still good you can install just the bushings but you will still have to remove the whole arm.

The pitman arm is easy to figure out. Jack up the car and push/pull up/down at the arm. Any movement at all vertically...replace. Easy job to replace this item.

Most work will be the arms...especially if they are the lower ones as you will have to unbolt the strut from the bottom cap/arm ball joint mount. Most of all....learn and have fun!

So the other day i noticed i had some serious clunking going on up front. It is consistent and annoying, not to mention very riscky sounding to drive on. So this morning i jacked up my car and took a peek. Looks like the lower control arm end is bad. Can this be replaced without replacing hte whole arm. It looks to be a ball joint of some sort. I am more the engine man so im almost clueless on suspension and steering components. Another thing that seams to be bad is the idler arm(which i belive is the one on the passenger side, because the other one is acutally the one that stears the car) My main problem is im having trouble figuring out what i should replace. My other bushing(uper and lower) seam good no movement at all and it all seams tight. Except for the passengers side lower control arm end. What is that end, and can it be replaced independently of the arm, and if so how hard is that?


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