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Old 11-06-2018, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Replaced front control arms now clunking

I just replaced the two front control arms with a rebuilt one, new outer and inner ball joints.
When I'm turning, it clunks. What could it be?
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How are your tie rod ends? Also, did you torque everything down when the car was in the air or when it was under load?
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Yes, I torqued everything to specs.

Is it possible the front sway bar links are dried up?
When I push down on the passenger fender to compress the strut, it clunks.
The driver side no clunk. It looks like it clunks when passenger side of the sway bar is loaded.

I will remove the passenger sway bar link again and inspect it.
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I pulled out the passenger sway bar link last night.
The sway bar link upper ball joint was very hard to move.
Looked like it was stuck in one position, with no articulation.

I removed the rubber boot, sprayed it with PB blaster and let it soak.
I got it to move free after 30 minutes. I then filled it up with synthetic grease and put the boot back on. I will reinstall it this morning and see what happens.
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Update:

No more clunk. It was a seized sway bar link ball joint.
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Yeah.
I replaced the control arms because suspension was creaking and knocking. Outer ball joints were shot. The ones that have rubber inserts.
I bought the solid ones at $15 a piece and rebuilt the old spare control arms.

I will probably replace the sway bar links later.
It's so nice to drive an old car that is so quiet. Even the M44 is so quiet.
I thought about selling it last month but decided I may keep this car for a while. Haha
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