I keep getting a clonking noise from time to time from under the car, sometimes from the front and sometimes from the rear, I assume it is from the drop arm bushes, the car has done 65000 miles, how easy is it to replace these bushes and at what cost. thanks, Ken.
If you can see the control arms look to see if bushings are worn , with a flaslight kneel down and have someone drive back and forth about 2 feet at a time , if the bushings are shot the the wheel will move whenever the brakes are applied ,
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Re: drop arm bushes
The hardest part is removing the bolts most times they are so rusted i just cut them out with a torch and replace them with the new bushings. the cost of these bushings is nominal however have you checked the struts as well? the clonking noise could be them as well. please rate this......thanks
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Sounds like it could possibly be the upper or lower control arm bushings squeaking. There may possibly be a grease fitting on the control arm bushings, if so, have them greased. In fact get a complete grease job from a qualified mechanic. If the squeak stops then you know what is wrong. Then make sure you keep your care properly greased. Usually every time you change your oil or at least twice yearly.
I would get a second opinion to compare physical inspection results. The wheel bearing is most urgent, as are control arm bushings.
Sound can transmit from one end of the car to the other, but the noise was heard in the rear and the balljoints are in the front.
The sway bar and its' bushings can make a noise. You will get body lean on turns with worn components, and some rear drive models have links which can break and detach.
You need to identify the Car Brand and model so the Experts know what you may have for components.
As you may have noticed, I have not said much about shocks. If you have shocks and not struts, there are different priorities. If either is leaking, the priority increases. Some strut towers have a bearing ring and when worn out, can be a safety issue. Shocks fit inside control arms and do not have a bearing ring. Rear suspensions vary, some use control arms on multilink types, others use a rear axle with springs.
But get the wheel bearing fixed. Have tierod ends checked. The guy under the car will have a better idea of its physical condition than what we can tell online.
A sway bar is a suspension piece that keeps the left and right side of vehicle connected to help with turns. They are held together through sway bar links at each end, which are fairly common to break or rattle over bumps.
sounds to me like your front control arm bushings are broken. have your mechanic check the bushings in rear of the control arm. the ones that are right by the 3 bolts in the control arm in rear. those bushings brake and cause play in the whole assembly, causing a rattle. Its a black round bushing about 2 inches in diamater. its most likely all separated. common problem. Have him look at your stabilizer bar links also.