I have no idea how a control arm and a sway bar endlink cost you 250 dollars, you got ripped bad. The control arm is a 70 dollar item, and the endlink is 40 at most.
The retaining nut is
One time use only
You must buy a new one from the dealer, and torque it to 250ft/lbs before your suspension falls apart when you are driving.
As for the sound, get it up in the air and see whats going on.
If its clicking metal on metal sound, check out the sway bar endlinks, and if one is blown out, replace all of them.
If its more or a popping sound look into control arms or tierods.
Order the parts you need from fordpartshq.com or rockauto.com.
Wheel spacers suck. You are pulling the wheel off the hub, and it is no longer hubcentric, and you are putting stress on your lugnuts to hold the wheel on, and not the hub like it should be. Are you able to get the entire lugnut all the way on, and how much thread do you have left?
Wheel spacers can also cause bad vibrations on the highway. If you must use the spacer, then make sure that you replace the stock lug studs with ones a little longer. This is another safety issue.
Last edited by JustinH; 06-25-2004 at 12:18 PM.