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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-05-2003, 07:11 PM
tlynch
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Ok, tell me what the heck is up.

I'm serious. When hitting bumps or ruts in the road, I hear what sounds like loose change gingling in a pocket.

Along with that, the car drives like the tires have about 5lbs in them.

I have 136k on the car, with the tierods, centerlink, idler and pitman being replaced at 80k (moog problem solvers).

So, could this be bad balljoints or control arm bushings? I get the noise on both sides.

Along with that, it almost feels like the wheels "whobble" and I get a distinct feel that when cornering the outside wheel wants to turn tighter than the inside wheel.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-05-2003, 07:45 PM
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Betcha a 6-pack that one of the following two things has happened

1. Your front swaybar endlinks are either VERY loose or just downright GONE

2. Your upper A-arms are loose where they attach to the frame, and thus you have loose (or missing) alignment shims
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-05-2003, 09:39 PM
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I wouldn't be shocked if it's the shims. I've had those fall out about 4 times since I bought the car with 55k. Never had the noise though.

Well, I guess it's time to get all the bushings and such up front replaced, and get my Metco uppers and lowers put on. They've only been sitting in the garage for 3 years or so now.
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-07-2003, 03:44 AM
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Also sounds like it's time to find a good Wheel Alignment Shop to install correct amount of shims and TIGHTEN the Upper Control Arm Pivot Shaft to Frame bolts to correct torque spec(70 Ft.-lbs.). Loose change noise[as per AutocroSSer], I'm betting Sway Bar End Links.
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-07-2003, 07:34 PM
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Dude,

recently heard same noise - both front stabilzer links obliterated on my '95 DCM - problem solved and drastic handling improvements. spray with wd40, big help when nuts / bolts do not put up a struggle. GOOD LUCK! [img]graemlins/.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/1.gif[/img]
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-08-2003, 09:31 PM
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wheres the best price online for new sway end links?
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-09-2003, 09:53 AM
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The cheapest way to solve this front end noise may be Auto Zone $6 pack of front brake caliper rubber bushing.
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-09-2003, 10:19 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by jz57_cn:
The cheapest way to solve this front end noise may be Auto Zone $6 pack of front brake caliper rubber bushing.
Is this model specific or do they sell a universal bushing?
(or are all the applications the same?)
Thanks
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-09-2003, 10:21 AM
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O_loung1, go here www.performancesuspension.com These people are located in Phoenix, AZ Tel.(800)572-3768. You want the Polyurethane Front Sway Bar End Links...I paid $15 for mine. Edit Add: I also changed out Front Sway Bar Insulator Bushings(these are the bushings that hold SB to frame). Using an Adjustable Wrench, measure O.D. of your SB and get the H.D. Bushings(made of Thermal Plastic) by Moog. These install with OEM U-Clamps. Make sure, slits in Bushings face forward, when you install them. Any good Independent Auto Parts Retailer should stock or can order them for you...about $12. BTW, be very carefull, when reinstalling U-Clamp to frame bolts, threads in frame strip easy!!!
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-09-2003, 04:56 PM
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i've got this same problem, very good description of the noise it was making. thanks again guys!
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