Question about 2002 Suzuki XL-7
Yes they go bad and yes 8-10 years is about expected service life depending on mileage. get yourself a service manual on CD for about 10 bucks on eBay and figure out if you can do this yourself. most likely beyond your scope unless you own a bunch of tools and a repair shop. you are just going to have to call around to shops and get labor rates. the car will have to be aligned at the end of the job so pick a shop which can do alignments. stay away from dealers, there is nothing special about this job justifying their labor rates. i would also avoid chain brake and muffler shops. you may want to consider front struts and control arms at this time to save yourself duplicate labor costs in a year or two.
Posted on Dec 29, 2010
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There are several components that could cause noise from the front when turning. The components to be concerned about are, Wheel bearings, Ball Joints, Tie rod Ends, CV joints and brake rotors.
Jack the car up under the control arm until the wheel is off the ground about 3 inches. Slide a pry bar under the tire and place the other hand on the top of the tire. As you lift and lower the pry bar fell for loose movement in the tire. If there is such movement you have a bad wheel bearing.
On your vehicle this is a sealed Hub.
Repeat the test above and watch the upper and lower ball joints for movement. Is there is movement replace the bad ball joint.
Tie Rod ends:
You have changed the inner and outer tie rod ends so you are probably covered there.
The Joint is housed in a rubber boot. If you can feel the joint inside the boot you can turn the tire forward and back and feel for play in the joint. If you are not able to feel the play you can loosen the clamp on the boot and push the boot out of the way. Then repeat the test.
You have already changed the rotors so this is not likely the issue.
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