Clicks loudly when turning wheels, want to fix myself can ya help me and tell me what i need to do the job, and than how to do the job. also the car shacks real bad when I'm at a light and in drive but quiet when in neutral. The car will also just shut off while at a stop light, i put in park and it start right up again.
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Re: front ball joint 88 chevy nova hatch back
Your joint is worn and need changing.It could be repaired but some times it don't last long . Check your engine mount.If the mount is burst the engine will vibrate alot,also check the throttle body, if it is worn it can be sucking air and causing the engine to vibrate and cuts off when it is idleing with load.
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If the suspension is so worn that the wheel can be wobbled then yes you either have a bad ball joint or a worn tie rod. There are a couple of possible causes. Do you trust your mechanic? If so take his advice and get the ball joint replaced. I would ask him to guarantee that this will fix the problem before letting him work on it though, otherwise it might turn into a job where suddenly, you need this too and this too and this too and a cheap job winds up costing you a ton of money.
Very little info for a fix. Tie rod and upper ball joints do not make a
front end shake. Lower ball joints wear out before the uppers do.
Front end shakes at what speed, if you have a broken belt in one of your
front tires you will notice it more at low speeds. Mud or snow stuck in
wheel will make them vibrate at speed. Lug nuts tight since front end
work? You need to give more info. Switch front tires with back tires. If
shake is in steering wheel it more than likely is front end but if you
feel it in your seat it is more than likely in the rear of the car.
That sounds like the ball joints. The midsized Dodge is notorious for bad ball joints because the factory used substandard parts. I would not wait to have it repaired. There are documented cases of the Dodges losing the front wheels because of ball joint failure. You need to have them repaired asap. The lower ball joints are usually the noisy ones. If you can afford it, have all four fixed at the same time, But be sure to take care of the lowers right away. Hope this has been of some help.
It is possible that the ball joint is bad, to check you can jack the wheel up 1/2 off the pavement and use a tire iron to lift up and on the tire and watch the ball joint if it moves up and down thats your problem. from a mechanics point of view I would replace both the top and bottom at the same time as this saves labor since you have to tear it down anyway and the upper ball joint should be worn as well. If the ball joint does not move then put your hands on each side of the tire and move it back and forth, if you get movement you will need to get a second person to move the tire back and forth and watch to see where the play is. normally it will be in the drag link or the control rod, replace items as needed and try for free play again, you may find another bad part as well. normally there is more than on failed part. once you have done the parts replacement you can put a scratch in the tire with a nail on each front tire and then with a tape measure measure the front and back of the front tire you will want to get it toed in 1/8 of an inch then go to a tire shop for a alignment. should be around 58 inch's center so front would be 57 inch's and 15/16 this of an inch and the back would be 58 inch's and 1/16 of an inch. hope this helps. If it does please rate and thanks for using fix-ya.
Check ball joints and tie rod ends for play. Jack the truck up on the frame and try to move the wheel up and down for ball joints and side ti side for tie rod ends. Also make sure you check the idler arm on passenger side and pitman arm on steering box. None of the parts should any play whatsoever. If there is any play in them when you try to move them then replace them.
There could also be excessive play in the steering box but that shouldn't make it swerve back and forth. That would just let it wander to one side or the other until you corrected it by turning the wheel. Hope this helps.
Could be the ball joint. They are really easy to change it thats your issue. Jack the car and remove the tire. The ball joint will usually have three bolts or nuts holding it on strut. There is one tapered shaft that goes through your wheel hub assy and is held on by a castlated nut. Pull the hub back and forth and watch the ball joint. If it has movement then you need to replace it. If this helps let me know. Also if you need more info get back with me. thanks
Not too clear what broke...Is it the ball joint or the c/v joint on the drive axle itself. If you are mechanically inclined neither job is impossible to do. However, It's not a job i'd do on the side of the road or in someone's parking lot. Unless it was a dire emergency, with no other options. From your post, I gather that you are not too familiar with auto repair, so maybe you should consider having it done by a reliable shop. If you do the job, I suggest you get a manual and ask qustions here if you have a problem. Good luck
CHECK YOUR U-JOINTS ON THE HALF SHAFTS BETWEEN THE KNUCKLE AND AXLE HOUSING HIGHER MILEAGE DANA 30 AXLE ESPECIALLY WITH FULL TIME FOUR WHEEL DRIVE THESE JOINTS WILL RUST OUT OR WEAR OVER TIME OVER TIME. IF THEY A IN GOOD ORDER CHECK UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS DO THIS BY JACKING UP FRONT AXLE (USE JACK STANDS) GRASP BOTH TOP AND BOTTOM OF WHEEL AND ROCK BACK AND FORTH IF THE IS EXTREME PLAY IN WHEEL YOU NEED BALL JOINTS. ALSO CHECK LOWER CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS THESE WEAR OUT WITH HIGH MILEAGE