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My front shocks and upper arms have been giving me headaches. i have changed 5 times and still yet no improvement. i need to get rid of the noises they always make

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This could be lower control arm bushings or the ball joint. You can spray lube the control arm bushings, This may take a few times to get rid of the noise. The ball joint on yours probably doesn't have a grease fitting from the factory. So this will have to be replaced.

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Removal & Installation Independent Front Suspension – 2WD Vehicles To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  3. Support the lower control arm outboard end.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Upper shock absorber nut, retainer and grommet
    • Lower nuts and shock absorber
To Install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Lower retainer and grommet on the shock absorber stud and insert shock absorber through frame bracket hole
    • Lower nuts
      1. Torque to: 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm)
    • Upper grommet, retainer and new nut (or existing nut with Mopar Lock N Seal or Loctiti 242) on the shock absorber stud
      1. Torque to: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
  2. Remove support from lower control arm outboard end.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
Independent Front Suspension – 4WD Vehicles To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  3. Remove tire and wheel assembly.
  4. Support the lower control arm outboard end.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following: dod_ram15_02-04_4wd_shock.gif

    • Upper shock nut with insulator and retainer
    • Lower shock bolt
    • Shock absorber
To Install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Upper part of shock absorber into frame bracket with insulators and retainers and nut
      1. Torque to: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
    • Lower part of shock absorber into lower control arm with the bolt
      1. Torque to: 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm)
  2. Remove support from lower control arm.
  3. Install tire and wheel assembly.
  4. Lower the vehicle.
Link/Coil Front Suspension To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Nut, retainer, and grommet from upper stud in engine compartment dod_ram15_02-04_shock.gif

    • Nuts from upper shock bracket
  3. Lower bolt from axle bracket and shock absorber from engine compartment
To Install:
  1. Position lower retainer and grommet on upper stud and insert the shock through the spring from the engine compartment.
  2. Install or connect the following:
    • Lower bolt
      1. Torque to: 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm)
    • Upper shock bracket and nuts
      1. Torque to: 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm)
    • Upper grommet, retainer and upper shock absorber nut
      1. Torque to: 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
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The LX platform consists of the 300, charger and magnum.

They will all have front end noise. It's just a matter of time. This appears to be a poor design and should be recalled.

The front end should be replaced with energy suspension bushings and greasable ball joints.

The front end needs to be inspected, but here are the usual suspects. Most to least

1. Stabilizer bushings to frame. Rattle and bump sound. Not too expensive.
2. Tension struts - radius arm as some may say. Makes a poping noise and moans when driving and turning.
3. Stabilizer end links if loose to touch. Noise over bumps only.
4. Tie rods. Primarily outer. If you can turn them by hand they need changing. These make noise when braking and turning. Inner is more pronounced when steering. May cause road wander.
5. Upper and lower control arm bushings. Creak!
6. Ball Joints. These sound like an orchestra when going up a driveway. The most expensive fix on these cars. Up to 1800.00 dealer cost. They do not press out the old joints. They use a new knuckle.
7. Steering rack... another expensive fix. Moans and hisses.

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How to replace front shock bsorbers


This is for the 2WD model:

2-Wheel Drive
  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely using jack stands.
  2. Using an open end wrench, hold the shock absorber upper stem to prevent it from turning, then remove the upper stem retaining nut, the retainer and rubber grommet.
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Common front shock absorber mounting-2WD vehicles

  1. Remove the shock absorber-to-lower control arm retaining bolts and lower the shock absorber assembly from the bottom of the control arm.
  2. Inspect and test the shock absorber; replace it, if necessary.
To install:
  1. Fully extend the shock absorber stem, then push it up through the lower control arm and spring so that the upper stem passes through the mounting hole in the upper control arm frame bracket.
  2. Install the upper shock absorber nut and tighten to 100 inch. lbs. (11 Nm) on 1994 models 145 inch lbs. (16 Nm) on 1995 models, 54 ft. lbs. (73 Nm) on 1996 models, or 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm) on 1997-99 models while holding the stem with an open end wrench. Be careful not to crush the rubber bushing.
  3. Install the shock absorber-to-lower control arm retaining bolts and tighten to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm) on 1994-95 models and 54 ft. lbs. (73 Nm) on 1996 models, or 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm) on 1997-99 models.
  4. Remove the jack stands and carefully lower the vehicle.

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There's a chance that the ball joints need grease. This should help, however once they have started to make noise like that due to lack of grease, they usually have gone bad. Replacement may be the only remedy. Hope this helps.

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