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Driver side rattling on 1994 Firebird

The Firebird is making a somewhat random rattling noise. It's coming from the front driver's side of the car. It seems to be coming from the wheel area. It sounds like something is loose. We checked the lug nuts to see if it was something simple, but we couldn't find anything amiss.
The rattling is most noticeable going downhill, going over some bumps, and when making right turns. Speed doesn't seem to have a factor in the sound. Any ideas?

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  • Cassie-opeia May 20, 2008

    Thank you very much. We will take a look at that. Thanks for your help

  • Cassie-opeia May 22, 2008

    You were right. The ball joint was rattling. There were also a few more things wrong with it. The bracket was old too. So that was causing some problems. And the track rod as well. So, thank you...you nailed 2 of the probs dead on.

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    is the ball joint press fitted in? i cannot seem to get it out

  • kjibly Oct 22, 2008

    IS THE BALL JOINT PRESS FIT? I CANNOT SEEM TO GET IT OUT.

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Hi, this is a very common problem that all cars eventually get and it is going to be one of a couple of things.
1. the most common fault is the bottom ball joint. These are easy to replace if you have a ball joint splitter and they are cheap to buy, its best to replace both sides as the other one could go soon after.
2. this is the steering rack ball joint their is a rod with a ball joint on at either end of the steering rack this can be tested easy by jacking the car up so front wheels are off the floor then hold the tyre at either side and then sort of wiggle the wheel left and right slightly and youll feel if this is faulty it will have some loose play if feels solid like the wheels are turning normal then the bottom ball joint is the likey problem.

Hope you understand what im telling you if not give me a shout back and ill be glad to help.
Also if you need further assistance then give us a shout.
Hopefully you solve your problem. Either fault is cheap to buy as it is a really common problem so this making them cheaper.
Main dealers will be more expensive but going to a car spares shop that sells everything will be alot cheaper as they use parts that are not genuine but are just as good. Most garages dont buy parts from main dealers as the cost of parts and repair would be to high for customers and they would lose custom. give us a shout back if you have any problems ok

Posted on May 19, 2008

  • paul proctor May 20, 2008

    Hi, no worrys mate let me know if you have any problems ok.
    Best of look and im sure you will soon have your care repaired.

    Its either bottom ball joint or track rod end and steering ok these are the most common faults causing the noise your having.

    The only other possible problem would be roll bar bushes but this is less likely as this has less play in it whilst driving so look at bottom ball joint first.

    To test bottom ball joint you jack the wheel slightly off the floor then put crow bar under the tyre and work it so its lifting the wheel slightly then work it the wheel up and down and you should see any loose play in the bottom ball joint or you might here the noise you get whilst driving.
    Hope this is some help to you just give us a shout back if you have any problems ok.


  • paul proctor May 28, 2008

    Hi im glad you got it sorted is your car running fine now or is their still a problem let me know and ill be glad to assist you further ok

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