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Old 09-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default Checking LCA

car is a 1997 with 161700 miles
The front end feels sort of junky and rattly. Not yet into the realm of my old Ford Fairmont for junkiness but sort of loose over small bumps. I replaced all 4 struts about 3 years ago.

When checking the LCA, can you put a floor jack under the LCA to lift that tire?
Not really an obvious question- for example, Indy cars use delicate control arms that probably wouldn't take too kindly to a bending force.

What is an expected mileage to replace LCA? (This car has not seen winter driving.)

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Old 09-24-2013, 09:45 AM   #2
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Default Re: Checking LCA

I replaced my front wheel bearings at 205k miles and the LCA's and ball joints were tight. Outer tie rod ends were a different story. The LCA is rather stout - you won't damage it by jacking up a wheel. If the ball joint boots are torn or cracked, look no further - just replace.

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Checking LCA

I wouldn't jack on the LCA at all!

Use the standard lift point and then employ a stout prybar to check for slop.

Tie rod ends are common wear points to look at as well as the ball joint but, the stabilizer bar bushing is what got me! My RF bushing cracked, slowly backed off the nut (on it's own) and eventually dropped the whole works on the ground!

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Old 10-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #4
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Thanx to off track /\

I put my impact wrench on the 24 mm nuts, at the ends of the stabilizer bar- feels like a new car! I haven't taken it out on the freeway yet, but I "think" the rattly-ness is gone I checked and rechecked, all ball joints and TRE were tight.

Next- the bushings at the rear knuckles, at the ends of the drag links. Look cracked etc. so might tackle those.

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