1989 Ford Thunderbird 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 271000 miles
Only 750 miles ago I bought new upper and lower control arms that come with ball joints and bushings to replace my creaky, wornout ball joints.
Last year my mechanic replaced the front struts, rear shocks, sway bar links and tie rod ends. So those are in good shape
But when my mechanic said my upper and lower control arms needed replacement I got the bright idea to buy them from autopartswarehouse. Com where I had bought a lot of other parts while refurbing my 89 T-Bird and the cost was about 1/3 what my shop was charging for the control arms.
So my mechanic agreed to install them even though I bought the parts myself. But when I got them they said " Made in China" and maybe I should have stopped right there and bought Moog instead.
So shortly after installing the new control arms I heard a " pop" once in awhile when turning a corner or backing up and turning. Now I still often hear a " pop" when turning but now I also hear a rattle from up front that isnt that loud yet but I can hear it on surface streets and not so much on the freeway.
Autopartswarehouse says they have a one year warranty so I would exchange for Moog if the ball joints are defective but I've got to eat the labor cost unfortunately to redo them again.
Before I go back to my mechanic and hear him say " I told you so" (for buying cheap parts) HOW can I test the control arms to find out if the pops and rattles are coming from a defective ball joint that was just installed? Is there way I can test the newly installed upper and lower control arms when the car is parked and jacked up?
Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 12:56 AM