LH Front Suspension Noise

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Eric May, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. Eric May

    Eric May Guest

    I have finally found the culprit that was causing the front end noise on my
    '94 Eagle Vision. I was in the midst of replacing the anti-sway bar links
    (more on this in a moment) when I looked closely at the lower control arm
    bushing. The bushing was not centered in the engine cradle bracket, but was
    instead very close to the front of the bracket. I wedged a screwdriver
    between the bracket and the bushing, and, with just a little prying, the
    bushing slid back! It was now clear why the suspension made noise when it
    was loaded in a fore-aft direction (braking, rapid start, etc.), as the
    bushing (and whole control arm) would slide forward and contact the bracket
    with a loud knocking sound.

    As a temporary "repair", I cut some old radiator hose into thin slices and
    wrapped tham around the bushing sleeve to take up the space between the
    bushing and the bracket, then secured them with tie-wraps. Not exactly
    elagant, but the noise is now gone! I'll have to schedule a proper repair
    in the near future.

    With regard to the sway bar links, I replaced them because of the many
    recommendations that this would solve the front end noise. Actually, the
    existing links were still "tight", as there was no play in any of the
    spherical bushings. Granted, the rubber boots were all gone and one of the
    ends could be rotated freely in the spherical bushing, but they've held up
    pretty well over 10 years and 170,000 miles and were not yet the source of
    any noise. Given the condition of the boots, however, they probably would
    have started to make noise in the next 20,000 miles, or so.
    Eric May, Mar 8, 2004
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