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Old 05-25-2005, 10:42 PM
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Default Signs of bad ball joint?

what are the signs for a bad ball joint?


im getting a loud creeking noise at times around the front right of the car..almost like its rubbing sound at times....its real bad at low speed...i pulled the tire...didnt find anything obvious....
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is it a squeaking noise or a click? is it only when the wheel is turned or does it happen going straight too?
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:02 PM
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it happens going straight as well...and its a squeaking noise...i can stand above the right front..and push it down rapidly and it squeaks real bad...


i inspected the bushings..they all seemed in pretty decent shape...
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that sounds like your control arms
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:11 PM
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control arms...not a spring?

i checked the bushings..they look in decent shape....i'll have to do a test...spray some WD40 on each bushing one by one..and see if goes away....


what are some signs of a bad ball joint? thats my worst fear at this point..heh..
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ball joints will make more of a clunking sound..pull into a few driveways at a moderate speed, and listen for a clunking noise...
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thats how i first noticed it..pulling into my driveway...is it a dull clunk? mines more of a squeaking at moderate speed....
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it's more commonly a fairly low-pitched clunking noise...if it's your tie rod ends you'll also feel the steering wheel loosen up pulling into driveways, it will jitter slightly, in synch with the noises you hear...almost every time i hear about a squeaking problem it turns out being a control arm issue.
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

Squeezing or scrunching sound like two balloons being rubbed is shrunken control arm bushings, not a safety issue, but annoying.

A clunk when going over a bump, pothole or a speedbump is ball joint.
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

Im actually getting both of these noises, which is making me quite scared. im getting a high pitched squeaking noise when i go around turns, and im getting the clunking noise when i go over small bumps or driveways. have any ideas? ball joints and control arms?

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Old 05-26-2005, 10:33 PM
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sounds like a ball joint, better off changing the whole control arm they are not bad just did mine
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

thanks for the responses....appears to be my lower control arms...nearest the engine...sprayed with a lil WD40..and the squeak went away....not a big deal at all...will replace this weekend...
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Old 06-01-2005, 11:37 AM
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

Apparently this is a known fault with Audi A4 1996+ Models.

The will do you a free check and I am told fix it for free if the mileage is less than 130 and has a FSH.

Give your local dealer a ring.

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Old 06-01-2005, 09:20 PM
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

FSH?


it has 91k on it.......i'll prolly end up fixing it myself...not to hard to replace them...30 bucks for the bushing at kragen...
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only the two front lowers are covered by the service action...i had 138k when i had mine done
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

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it has 91k on it.......i'll prolly end up fixing it myself...not to hard to replace them...30 bucks for the bushing at kragen...
FSH = Full Service History.
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

sorry to bring this up from the dead, but i have a problem with the clunk and need my UPPER front L&R ball joints fixed so i can get an alignment.

is this covered under the service action or just the lowers?
wheres a cheap place for picking up these oem parts?
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:06 AM
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Just the lowers are covered. I purchased my complete set from getcoolparts.com, a site sponsor. They also sell them individually.
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:16 AM
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Default RE: Signs of bad ball joint?

I just had my front right ball joint replaced this past weekend...i noticed a pretty annoying sounds, like something was dry or rubbing when turning the wheel at slow speeds...i also took off the wheel and found nothing wrong...i originally thought it eas either bad bushings or the control arm, then went and got it checked out and sure enough...ball joint...id say im about 95% positive thats what the problem is...same thing happened to me
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