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Would the control arm bushings make a metal to metal noise . lot of play in those bushings.dont know if the problem is the bushings or ball joints?

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If you see a lot of side play in the control arm bushings, replace them.
Even if they aren't the source of the noise you hear, they are very important and should not be ignored. While you are doing that work, it will give you an opportunity to get a good look at the ball joints. If they are rusted under the rubber boots or have excessive play, change those as well. (also look at the brakes and other steering components,,,, they all have a job to do and keep your vehicle safe on the road).
One thing...If the bushings and joints both are bad, you could consider getting a complete control arm from a scrapyard. Cheaper and easier to install.

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The bushes could be down to metal to metal thats the noise your getting ball joints normaly make a cracking sound when sezed up when worn out they are very flopy and easy to move about by hand

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I know you don't care to hear this. The car should go to a front end shop. Where they have the special tools to do the job safety. Pluse can line the vehicle back up. When it will need. It be cheaper than a roll over.

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