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Old 23 Jun 2014, 08:08 pm
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Default Front end noises

Okay, I've seen many, many posts about grinding, scraping, squeaking, all kinds of noises off the front end of people's PT's. Let me give you something to look at - Front End Ball Joint and Control Arm Bushing!

In the parts catalog you can look at the front end specifically and see those items, then take a flashlight and look at yours. Like mine, at 78k miles the bushings are worn out. Replacing those bushings is a total friggin nightmare. They are incredibly difficult, so it might be a good idea to buy the bushings and find a decent mechanic to replace them for you.

I can tell you this - all kinds of noises are coming from those front control arms when they sway or hit bumps, even tiny bumps will give loud knocks if the bushings are falling apart. On mine, I'm just going to wait until 100k miles and then totally replace those arms along with the bushings - might as well since they look kind of rusty. Anyway, just posted this in case you have these issues.
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Old 24 Jun 2014, 06:51 am
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Okay, I've seen many, many posts about grinding, scraping, squeaking, all kinds of noises off the front end of people's PT's. Let me give you something to look at - Front End Ball Joint and Control Arm Bushing!

In the parts catalog you can look at the front end specifically and see those items, then take a flashlight and look at yours. Like mine, at 78k miles the bushings are worn out. Replacing those bushings is a total friggin nightmare. They are incredibly difficult, so it might be a good idea to buy the bushings and find a decent mechanic to replace them for you.

I can tell you this - all kinds of noises are coming from those front control arms when they sway or hit bumps, even tiny bumps will give loud knocks if the bushings are falling apart. On mine, I'm just going to wait until 100k miles and then totally replace those arms along with the bushings - might as well since they look kind of rusty. Anyway, just posted this in case you have these issues.
Actually these bushings are not that difficult to do. But the real story here is the new style available aftermarket bushing.

These are available in some armes but you have to make sure that you are getting the new style bushing in them. Check this thread out Robin.

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