Grinding noise from right front (95 SC) - TCCoA Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2006, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Columbus, IN USA
Age: 40
Posts: 115
Grinding noise from right front (95 SC)

I have a 95 SC.

I'm getting a grinding noise from the right front. Worst at slow speeds when braking and turning. At regular driving speeds, you don't hear it. Nothing is dragging under the car.

I noticed the rubber boot around the upper ball joint is ripped.

Last year, I had the car aligned and the left upper control arm bushings and ball joint were bad. The Ford dealer replaced the upper control arm, aligned the car and all was well. It did not make any grinding noises.

Tomorrow, I plan to pull the wheel off and take a look. It does make noise as the suspension loads and unloads (get in and out of the car, push down on the front RH corner etc).

Any thoughts what I may find, or what I should look for?

The dealer charged me ~$400 to replace the LH upper control arm with OEM parts and align the car. Hopefully I'm looking at the same this time, as I just sold my spare vehicle!
johnwartjr is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2006, 09:59 AM
PostWhore
 
CougarXR/7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Palos Heights, Ill
Age: 68
Posts: 1,418
Send a message via Yahoo to CougarXR/7
Noise

Worn/damaged Ball joints, tie rod ends, suspension bushings causing metal to metal contact?

To ALL my fellow Veterans......................Thanks!

U. S. Army 1971 - 1974

1980 Thunderbird - R.I.P.
1992 Super Coupe five speed
1990 35Th "Anni" Super Coupe automatic - R.I.P.
1994 Super Coupe five speed
1994 4.6 LX Thunderbird automatic - R.I.P.
1995 4.6 LX Thunderbird automatic - R.I.P.
CougarXR/7 is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 08:37 PM
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 2,230
You can do upper ball joints for far less than $400. You should be able to do it under $100, more if you get if aligned. To test it get the car in the air and grab the top and bottom of the wheel and see if it moves. If it does, its a ball joint, have somebody look to see which one. They are not all that difficult to change, I will be changing mine soon. BTW, Ford OE parts are not any better than a TRW part at Advance, the OE ones actually say TRW on them. They come with a lifetime warrantee whereas the Ford ones won't.
lightevergreenfrost is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Columbus, IN USA
Age: 40
Posts: 115
thanks for the insight. The dealer is looking at the car tomorrow.

I know I can change it for less myself, but my wife is due in less than 3 weeks, and I have about 600 square feet of flooring left to put down in my house before then along with 10 million other things - sometimes you've got to let someone else do it
johnwartjr is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 08:53 PM
PostWhore
 
David_viny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: A cold place
Posts: 1,095
Do the uppers yourself! Moog upper ball joints are $70 a side from Summit and include the whole upper arm. Fairly simple to do. No special tools needed.

http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...842+115+400381

Just remember, the bolt that holds the ball joint to the hub MUST come off. It looks like the ball joint should come off with just loosening it, but it doesn’t, trust me.

1995 T-bird 4.6l - Eibach lowering springs, Cobra R hood, One 12" sub woofer, Alpine type-R front speakers. 16.249 @85.11mph 1/4 mile
2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 - Cam, headers, HPtuned by me.
David_viny is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 08:55 PM
PostWhore
 
David_viny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: A cold place
Posts: 1,095
Ahh, didnt see the post above my original. O well, things come up and you just cant do it all righ

1995 T-bird 4.6l - Eibach lowering springs, Cobra R hood, One 12" sub woofer, Alpine type-R front speakers. 16.249 @85.11mph 1/4 mile
2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 - Cam, headers, HPtuned by me.
David_viny is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2006, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
2nd Gear Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Columbus, IN USA
Age: 40
Posts: 115
well, the new upper control arm is in the car, dealer replaced the radius arm bushings at the same time. Total cost was around 450, dealer forgot to charge me for the control arm. Oh well

Another problem 2 weeks later, time for another thread
johnwartjr is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TCCoA Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome