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Old 04-01-2012, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all. I have a few question regarding my 99 Taurus LX suspension.

When I bought the car 8 months ago, the front suspension was totally shot to pieces. So I took it to a mechanic to get it fixed and so far I've changed the both lower control arms, ball joints, Moog tie rods and KYB front struts, which cost me quite a bit

However, I seem to notice a clunking or a thumping noise from the front passenger side whenever I step on the brakes. I got it back to the shop and raised the car up. After fiddling around, the mechanic told me that my right control arm's bushing was terribly worn out and needed replacing. Luckily, the part has a 6-month warranty from O'Reilly's, so it was replaced for free. He even spot-welded both the mounting brackets as a preventative measure.

I took the car out on a long-distance drive a couple of days ago and that irritating sound came back once again. Now I'm wondering what seems to be the problem? I thought that the clunking noise was due to worn front struts, hence I bought a pair of KYB struts and got it replaced. I really don't want to dump anymore money into the front suspension anymore, since I'm saving up to replace the rear struts.
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Were the sway bar end links replaced?
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, even that too. I asked the mechanic to check both sides of the suspension once again before lowering the car down but he said that everything else is fine.
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I had Moog control arms installed on my car last week. Since then, it rode like new. This weekend I went on a trip to Texas hill country and abused the car quite a bit, with no issues so far.
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Well, the reason why I went for the Moog Problem Solver was because the original ones were worn pretty badly, and since the mechanic found out about this while replacing both the struts, I just told him to change it anyway. And I was surprised to see that the original ones were made out of plastic, of all materials in the world! Cost cutting to the extreme huh, Ford?
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