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Mustang5L5 - please tell me you have made some progress. I haven't and it's starting to annoy me. Of course it doesn't help that it's rained every day I've been off work so no more time for diagnostics.
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Mustang5L5 - please tell me you have made some progress. I haven't and it's starting to annoy me. Of course it doesn't help that it's rained every day I've been off work so no more time for diagnostics.


I kept checking back and didn't see an update, but I will give you an update on mine. Replacing the bad hub helped some but it was still definitely there. I put the car on jack stands with the tires on and went to wiggling some more. I found that my passenger front lower control arm's bushings and ball joint were in bad shape. I replaced the control arm, got an alignment and it was problem solved.

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I still haven't gotten to mine yet. Every time i get a day to do it, it downpours. The weather has been non-stop rain here and making it difficult to get it done.

Warmer weather has caused the issue to lessen. When it was 10 degrees out, a lot of movement was felt, but now that it's 50-60's it's MUCH less. It still moves, but nowhere what it was before.

I do have knocking in my front end down low, and i fully suspect it's the bushings here..just trying to find time to get it done. It's absolutely driving me nuts though and i need to get it done ASAP. I'm looking at my calander and seeing what's in the forecast for rain so i can take a day and get this done.


Where i notice it the most is in sweeping left hand turns on the freeway. Take a left and give it some gas and something in the front end will change making the car turn in slightly more. Release the gas, and it will drift outward of the turn slightly. Highly annoying.


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So - turns out the problem is not gone. It has changed and it is not as severe as it was before - but it is certainly still there.
Do you have any noise in your front end? Knocking over bumps and such?
I have jacked the car up and done a quick pull-push and inspect. No movement at all in the hub or steering. I've peeked around and seen nothing that looks like it's on the verge of failure. The tie rod ends and inners are new, and don't move at all. I can rock my steering wheel and there's no slop, but obviously something int he front is causing a change in toe. I always suspected it was the rear bsuhing on the control arm, but could it be strut mounts as well?

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So Update. I had enough time to poke around under the car, but not actually perform a repair.

Got the Gopro out and strapped it under the car looking at the rear control arm bushings. Had someone drive around while i watched the video on my phone. I didnt really see any significant movement of the bushings, and the small rattle over bumps didn't seem to match up with the movement the bushing did have. The bushing moved...but not like some of the vids i posted earlier.

Got back home, pulled the wheels off and tugged and pulled with prybars. Noticed the pass side did have a "clang" when i hit it with hammers or kicked the tire.

Had someone grip the steering wheel tightly while i checked steering components again. I did check this in the winter, but decided to try it again. Sure as hell, the pass side inner tie rod end had play.

This is a Ford motorcraft part that's LESS than 1 year old. It was pretty significant movement, but no idea why i never noticed it when i checked steering over the winter.

Last year this time, i replaced both inner and outer tie rod ends. I did moog outers and Ford inners for some reason. Needless to say, i ordered a Moog replacement. I should do both...but it's been ONE YEAR.

I'll rent the tool this week and try to tackle this this weekend. Tie rod ends are easy on this car if you rent the proper size tool. Use an OEM Tools 27178 kit, and the proper size (for the OEM and Motorcraft ends at least) is 38.4mm.

I figure i deal with the low hanging fruit and see if that solves my issue. I'm getting frustrated with this car. I know these are all minor issues, but i also feel that under 100K i shouldn't be dealing with any. I've never had to touch a thing on any other car i've owned under 100K.

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