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Old 11-28-2012, 12:34 PM   #1
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Clicking/Popping front suspension

First off I want to thank everyone in this forum. I have learned so much and started fixing up my 2003 4X4 EX (126k miles).

With the help of this forum and some gumption, I was able to change all 4 shock absorbers assemblies, stabilizer links and the outer tie rod ends in the front. I did an alignment (trusted shop stated all newly installed part looked tight) and there is a night and day difference in handling. After changing out all the parts, I am still getting an intermittent popping/clicking noise when driving over bumps and a popping noise when making medium force turns (mostly left) or S turns. I have checked the CV axles and the boots are intact. I do not see anything out of the ordinary in the rack and pinion. I will say the ball joint boots look blown and I’m sure they need to be replaced. Would the worn ball joints give these types of symptoms? I also read it could possibly be the lower control arms.

Any advice is most welcome.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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Since you're going to replace the ball joints , might as well change the compliance bushings to , those are probably the source of your noise ....
Lots of reading here:http://www.elementownersclub.com/for...iance+bushings

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply and the link. I am now tumbling down the front suspension rabbit hole :) Tons of great reading
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:05 PM   #4
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I hade the same issues, turning left and eventually upon take off even. It was compliance bushings for me. Did both front and rear lower control arm bushings and both ball joints. Problem solved!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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I hade the same issues, turning left and eventually upon take off even. It was compliance bushings for me. Did both front and rear lower control arm bushings and both ball joints. Problem solved!
so your suspension was pretty noisy also? i have noise everytime i hit a bump, sounds like its coming from all 4 sides not sure if its the same problem.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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I also had a knocking noise at all four corners, I did sway bar bushings and end links to clear that up
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:38 PM   #7
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I also had a knocking noise at all four corners, I did sway bar bushings and end links to clear that up
i called the dealer this morning, guy in parts claimed there wasn't bushing for the end links.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:49 AM   #8
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guy in parts claimed there wasn't bushing for the end links.
That is correct.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:06 AM   #9
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That is correct.
thanks. Purchased the front ones today. going to put them in on saturday. Hopefully it takes care of the problems. I couldn't believe the oem ones are cheaper then what autozone/kragen sell.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:49 PM   #10
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I’m still gathering information on the ball joint and LCA compliance/rear bushings replacement. I will eventually be replacing them, but since I will have everything disassembled, should I also replace the CV Axles. From what I have read, taking everything off to get to the CV axles is the hard part.

Any advice is most welcome
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