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Left handside lower controle arm is making a noise , what could possibly be the problem

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Romeo, There are many different things that could be making this sound.
Lets start off with the simple stuff. A bad shock, shock rubber or Strut (similar to Shock) could be worn out and making noise as it moves to the end of it's travel.
The next thing is a front stabilizer ( roll Bar) bushings. The Stabilizer help control the roll from side to side while turning. This is a metal bar that runs from side to side under the front of the car and will have a set of rubber bushings that connect to either the lower control arms or the strut towers. If the bushing is gone or the bushing control rod is rusted or broken this will also make a noise when you hit a bump or pot hole.
The next possible option is that you have a bad ball joint. This could be a bad upper or lower ball joint. The ball joint is the ball and socket connection which holds the Spindle and tire onto the lower control arm. You can test this by lifting the care slightly with the jack, than place a large prybar under the tire, Prying upward and inward if there is any movement you should consider having the ball joints checked by a garage and replaced.
Lastly the lower control arm is mounted in rubber bushings. Although these bushing last for a long time and usually do not need replacing if you drive in an area with poor roads, or drive on gravel roads this will accelerate the end life of these bushings.
You should be able to remove the tire and visual inspect these bushings, They are at the connecting point of the Arm where it mounts to the K-Frame or sub frame of the car.
I recommend have your car taken to a service garage that has a hoist and have them visually inspect the front end. You can also just go to have your oil change and have the servicemen take a look generally for free to see if they see any lose or broken parts.
There are several other parts that could be causing the issue, including rocks stuck in the Front Springs, tie rod ends, or even a motor mount or transmission mount. So with all this said, If you have the ability to raise the car in a safe position (I suggest you use car ramps or jack stands) you can take some time to lift the front of the car and take a good look around.
Most of these parts a fairly inexpensive, but may be costly in labor to repair.
If you need more help please feel free to contact me.
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Posted on Oct 16, 2013


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