I drive a 2006 Cobalt LT Sedan, it was making this clunking noise when I would make a turn and go over any bump in the road. Turns out that it's my bushings that are worn out and need to be replaced. My question is, do the entire lower arm (on both sides) have to be replaced to replace the bushings?? The mechanic I went to go see says that Chevy made these in a way that the entire arm has to be changed, even if the ball joint is still o.k.. Does somebody know if this is true or if he's taking me for a ride??
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I have 3 2005 Malibus - 1 Maxx LT, 1 Sedan LT, and 1 Sedan LS. All three needed to have the steering rod replaced by 50K miles. You'd feel a muted clunk through the wheel when turning. The other light clunk issue I had with the Maxx was I hit a parking curb and it broke the lower radiator bracket. In certain bumps you'd feel a light clunk. A new $22 bracket fixed the issue and now I make sure I never pull too far into the spaces in the garage at work.