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  • laltazan 04/13/11 8:55 pm PST

    The lower ball joints and inner tie rods are both common causes of this type of problem. If you lay your hand on the lower control arm and tie rod, while an assistant jounces the vehicle, you should be able to "feel" vibration, from the noise, near the part. The protective rubber boots often deteriorate and allow rust in the joints. Spraying a lubricant into such a joint can be used as a diagnostic procedure and may quite the noise for a few seconds. Replacement of the joints or tie rods are the only permanent fix I have found.


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