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Symptoms of Bad or Failing Stabilizer Bar Links
Common signs of faulty stabilizer bar links include clunking or rattling noises from the tire area, poor handling, and a loose steering wheel.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Trailing Arm Bushings
Common signs include a clunking noise when you accelerate or brake, excessive and uneven wear on tires, and loose steering when turning corners.
How Long Do Trailing Arm Bushings Last?
The trailing arm bushings join the axle and pivot point on the body of the vehicle. They are part of a trailing arm suspension in your vehicle. The front trailing arm...
How to Replace a Steering Rack Bushing
You'll know when steering rack bushings are faulty when steering feels loose or bumpy, or if you hear a noise like something is falling off the car.

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What does it mean when your car creaks when you go over things like speed bumps?
This is oftentimes related to worn out bushings in various suspension components. Control arm bushings are an important part of vehicle suspension systems. Bushings are made of rubber, which separates the faces of two objects while allowing a certain amount...
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I had the tie rods and upper control arms replaced on my truck and it still squeaks.
This may be related to the stabilizer bar. A stabilizer bar is a steel bar that connects suspension components on opposite wheels. Its purpose is to combat body roll when a car makes a turn. It is also known as...
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The bushing in the extension housing spins out. I have new extension housing, yoke, drive shaft, and u joints.
Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle's extension housing bushing repeatedly spinning out, something is being overlooked. Replacing all the components, without determining the cause, is not working. My thought is, look into the pinion angle of...
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Noise when turning
Among the possibilities are the strut bearings, strut mounts, the strut itself, the outer cv axle joints, and/or any suspension component, such as a tie rod end, ball joint, sway bar mount, or suspension bushing that is loose or worn,...
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Rubbing noise coming from the front driver's side tire. What could be the problem?
The wheel hub bearing could be getting noisy or the scraping noise could be caused by the brake pad material. The most common cause of such noise is when the metallic material in the brake pad makes a scraping noise...
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The lower control arms keep breaking the bushings, what could be the problem?
This may suggest that the control arms themselves may be bent or not properly aligned when installed. As you know, the control arm is designed to bend and flex according to road conditions and the way the driver controls the...
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Is it safe to drive with bushings gone?
Hi there. To be blunt, no, it's not safe to drive a vehicle that have any bushings that are completely broken. Bushings are designed to cushion critical steering or front end components. When they fail, those components can snap and...
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My car's steering rack makes a noise when going straight or left.
The steering rack can be damaged by stones or other debris being thrown up from the roadway. The rubber boot also can tear from aging and constant compress/extend motions as well during turns. If your steering rack makes noises while...
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There is a knocking sound coming from the back wheel
From what you describe, it would appear that your vehicle experienced some sort of issue when you hit the dip. It may be possible that a suspension or engine component was damaged when the impact was made, and is now...
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I have really bad shaking in my tires when I drive between 20 and 70 mph
Several things could be causing the shake you're experiencing: tires out of balance, defective/worn tires, worn struts, worn control arm bushings, worn tie rods, wheel bearings starting to fail, the list goes on. Start by having a local service center...
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Can bad ball joints cause the wheels to have a lot of play from side to side?
You may be feeling the steering moving back and forth since you have both tires off the ground. Try to only have one tire off the ground at a time and see if you still feel the movement. If you...
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Steering wheel has a lot of "play" or movement.
Hi there. The first thing you would need to do is perform a dry park steering test. Have someone get in the car and set the parking brake. Then have them start the engine and turn the steering wheel left...
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Front creaking noise appears when driving. The noise is on the right side.
Hi there. The issue that you are having is the lower control arm bushings are worn out and dried up. I recommend replacing the lower control arm bushings on both sides on the front of the vehicle. The rubber becomes...
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Is there another car i can use bushings off of? Can't find my cars bushing for lower control arms 1999 Mitsubishi Diamante
Hi there - on this specific model, the bushing is pre-installed in the control arm by suppliers. For aluminum control arms such as this one, it is generally not a good idea to field-repair the control arm. The act of...
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My 2013 BMW 528 seems to make a slight squeaky sound when i'm driving slow not fast.
Hi there. The noise that you are hearing is the control arm bushing are hard and need replaced. If you need further assistance with your control arm bushings, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to...
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I have a clinking noises from the rear when I am driving over a bump. The noise is most relevant in hot weather.
Hi there. The noise sounds like the control arm bushings are worn and making the suspension walk around. Jack up the vehicle and check the suspension on the rear for any looseness and if there is any broken or damaged...
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How many bushings are required for each control arm?
Hello - control arms usually have 2 bushings, but sometimes only 1 - depends on the suspension design. If you could provide the year, make and model of the vehicle, and whether it is for the front or rear suspension,...
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How do you avoid the upper and lower A arm bushings from melting on a 1970 GS 455?
Hi there - yes, this is a very large engine, in a moderately-sized place, with lots of heat transfer issues! As you suggest, heat shields, or wrapping the exhaust manifold (headers?) with "heat wrap" to keep the heat inside the...
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How do I know if I need upper or lower control arm bushings for the front? 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis
Hi - worn, damaged or "soft" control arm bushings will usually make themselves known as "loose" steering, requires more frequent or constant "corrections" from the steering wheel, abnormal tire wear, or the inability to get the front suspension aligned properly....
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Shock mount bushing replacement
Generally, if a bushing is captured within a spring assembly, then yes the spring has to be compressed, the top nut removed and the part replaced. However, I would need to know the exact model to let you know if...

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