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How to replace the lower control arm bushings/bearing on 2003 ford escape

Nothing but give it a visual inspection and looks like the bottom part that attach to frame is bent. and when brakes are applied they make a grinding noise.

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I agree with the above comment. You have 2 problems. If there is wear in the bearing the rotor will not run straight and it will let the brake pad rub against the rotor. You can be lucky to just change the control arm and bushing, but it does not mean the frame is straight. You could have installation problems for the new control arm as the bushings may not align properly. Then you could damage the new bushings by trying to fit a straight part into a bent mount.

You would be recommended to realign the front-end after installing the control arm anyway, so the vehicle would still need to go on an alignment machine regardless. You can get estimates. If you can find a cheap set of brake pads, loosen the caliper and change pads. Replace rotor or machine smooth. This will address one problem and give you safe brakes to drive to get estimates for the other work.

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It sounds like the vehicle has had some sort of trauma to it to cause that to bend, I would take it to a service centre and get a visual done on it mate if its bent as you have stated then it will need to be replaced, As for the grinding you can here when applying the brakes this would appear to be the wear plate on the disk pads that is put there to let you know that they need to be replaced also the rotars will need to be shimmed as well at the same time Good luck and keep safe

Posted on Dec 07, 2014

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SOURCE: Front brakes grinding

sur it is a grind and not like the ABS is going off which could mean a sensor is bad or dirty .more like a pulsating growl

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SOURCE: 1998 Ford Escort clunk under LF over bumps

Hi the most common fault on escort suspension is worn track control arm bushes followed by anti roll bar bushes i think you call them stabiliser bushes i would agree with your ford tech guy re the strut bushes let me know if it solves it

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SOURCE: 2006 ford escape - abs and 4wd lights on yesterday

the grinding nose you heard was something rubbing on the rotor, bad brakes, caliper, after market wheels, etc. the pressure of a turn bends something enough to touch, this is produceing metal flake that attached to the magnetic sensor on the abs sending a light on because it couldn't read the tire position as it turned, it may have got blown off, washed off, but when it can read the tire again the light will go off, i would look into the grinding noise on cornering thats the cause of the problem. hope this helps

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SOURCE: Drum brakes causing intermittent grinding noise

Sounds like one of the springs that hold the rear brakes in place broke. Jack her up, pop off the tire, remove the drum and take a look. If you need to see what a good one looks like, look on the other side.

This is not a very common problem, but I saw it last year on a 69 chevelle.

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Your brake squealers are rubbing, telling you it is time to change the pads before they wear down the rotors. If that isn't the sound you got then the bearing is shot and you have less time to fix it because it will weld itself to the spindle and you will have to replace more parts. Hope this helps.

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worn bearings "grind," with a faint metal-on-metal sound.
So, squeaking in the front end is unlikely to be a CV joint or a bearing.
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3-----Inspect----- Steering Stabilizer Bracket----- Loose or Broken Steering Stabilizer Bracket.
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5-----Inspect-----Upper Ball Joints-----Loose bolt/missing rubber bushing.
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