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Unread 07-09-2010, 06:11 AM   #1
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As I think I posted on here at the time, about a month ago I replaced a bunch of stuff on my front end - my control arms, (with bushings and ball joints) my sway bar, my tie rod ends, and one wheel bearing. Got it aligned, and everything was great. A couple days ago, I started hearing a bit of a clunking every time my car rocked forward or backward during acceleration/breaking. I assumed it was just worn strut mounts, but it started getting worse quickly last night on my way to work - I looked under the car and the boot on the driverside ball joint is torn. Its still under warrenty, so I'm just out the cost of the alignment + my labor, but is there anything I could've done that caused it to tear, or was it a defective part? (And yes, I did go cheap and get the Master Pro instead of the Moog...but it should still have lasted longer than a month.)
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Being torn doesn't mean anything. Most ball joints don't even have the little boots on them. Check the ball joint and see if that's actually it. It could also be your sway bar LINKS...did you replace them?
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Could also be wheel bearings. You only replaced one side, if it's not the side you replaced it's likely going as well.
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Yeah I replaced the sway bar linkage, and the bearing I hadn't replaced this time round had been replaced a few months ago. And it started making noise the day after the boot broke (once all the grease had been forced out of the joint, I assume).
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Shoulda got the Moogs....
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Yeah I wish I had...but I was already borrowing money from my dad/looking for change behind the couch. Anyway, I got it all replaced, the noise is gone, just waiting to get it aligned on Monday.
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