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Old 02-24-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Worn ball joint or axle?

I have a new clunking noise from the FR when going over bumps, I thought it was tie rods but after replacing those the noise remained. Further inspection makes me think it is the ball joint, I dismissed this previously as it was supposedly replaced by Subaru two months ago when they swapped out my lower control arms under the recall. It's hard for me to tell if it's possibly slop in the axle, though that is also recently replaced.

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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Are you sure ball joint was replaced under warranty? Also, what is the popping sound?
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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Nope, not sure at all on the ball joints, as far as I know they are supposed to be replaced but the recall is specifically for the arms, so they may have left the old one(s) in if they were stuck in the knuckles.

For the popping noise are you asking about the two loud noises in the video? I think that was me knocking something over next to the camera, unrealted to the suspension issue.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:52 PM   #4
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Hard to tell from the video, but isn't the ball joint nut missing the pin? Also, ball joint looks pretty rusted, so dealer must not have replaced it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:09 PM   #5
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The pin was out, I snugged the bolt down during this process. Things get rusty fast in the winter, the axles are only 6 weeks old and they are good and rusted. I know I looked at the arms after the job, can't recall if the ball joints looked old or not.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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My car also developed clunking noise too when going over a bump on FL.

I replaced the knuckle yesterday with knuckle from 07 WRX (~55k miles), so will find out if bad ball joint was the culprit. If it doesn't fix it, then I am going to put in a spacer on Kartboy end link. If that doesn't fix it, then axle will be next.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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Did you replace the inner tie rod as well?
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:52 PM   #8
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Yep, inner tie rod replaced as well, that's when I figured it was the steering rack, but noticed the ball joint when I had a second set of hands to help.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:17 PM   #9
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If the ball joint was replaced 2mo ago, LOOK at it.. does it look new?

The tip if the ball joint stub wouldnt be covered in flakey rust, should be easy to tell..
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:46 AM   #10
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check your swaybar endlinks, i use nylon lock tape to keep the nuts from loosening.
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Can you feel shaking in the steering wheel when you go over bumps and start hearing the clunking noise?

Seems like the ball joint is bad, the control arm/knuckle should be solid and not be able to clunk around like that.

If you plan on doing the balljoints yourself, do it preferably when you're angry, because you are going to be smashing the **** out of whatever you can to pop that sucker out.

Make use of jacks/jack stands to set the new ball joints back in place. The weight of your car will help set the new ones in place nice and snuggly.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:10 AM   #12
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check your swaybar endlinks, i use nylon lock tape to keep the nuts from loosening.
No problem there, the front swaybar is off the car.


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Seems like the ball joint is bad, the control arm/knuckle should be solid and not be able to clunk around like that.

If you plan on doing the balljoints yourself, do it preferably when you're angry, because you are going to be smashing the **** out of whatever you can to pop that sucker out.

Make use of jacks/jack stands to set the new ball joints back in place. The weight of your car will help set the new ones in place nice and snuggly.
Yeah, not looking forward to the job, I have a small window to get the work done. Calling the dealership today to see what their thoughts are, IMO these were supposed to be replaced when they swapped the control arms.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:30 AM   #13
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No problem there, the front swaybar is off the car.




Yeah, not looking forward to the job, I have a small window to get the work done. Calling the dealership today to see what their thoughts are, IMO these were supposed to be replaced when they swapped the control arms.
Your opinion means little to the dealership and I guarentee you they DIDN'T change them... they didn't on mine when it went in for the LCA recall..

They didn't change the blown out rear LCA bushings either... like that was never a design flaw... and they didn't replace the COMPLETELY rusted out H brace under there when they did the LCAs either...

They DID make me sign a paper stating that the car was "unsafe" to drive before they'd let me have the car back...

So your "opinion" it means little...

Change your ball joint... make sure copious amounts of heat are used on the pinch bolt or you'll lop the head off... trust me... The bolt has come ome completely out to get the BJ out...
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:25 PM   #14
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You sound a bit hostile. My opinion appears to be on the money, the new LCA comes with the ball joint and bushings, they are part of the procedure. I agree they probably didn't swap the ball joint out but they should have, and the dealer agreed when I called that the ball joint is covered under the 12 month warranty for the work. So it's going back tomorrow, we'll see how it plays out.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:53 PM   #15
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Car is back from the dealer, they replaced the right ball joint as part of the LCA recall, so no cost. Very pleased about that, also pleased to know I've got about ten months of coverage if the other side decides to fail.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #16
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Meaning noise is completely gone?
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I only drove it ten miles but so far it appears to be completely resolved: no noises, nice and snug.
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