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Makes a rubbing sound and its getting louder tie rod bolt looks cracked.

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    Amanda Leach Dec 29, 2013

    Had a guy come look at it says my ball joints are going its the bushing of the ball joints that is cracked.

  • mike briner Dec 29, 2013

    it could be but in my experiance the reason ball joints go bad is because upper and lower control arm bushings go bad

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Have it inspected sounds like bushings going bad

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