Ok, I happened to be looking under the car again and happened to notice something I have missed so many times before. I am not sure what to call it, but it looks like the whole front portion of the front frame dropped like 3 inches. It may not be the actual frame, rather it looks like a crossmember. It attaches to the frame behind the motor and travels under the motor/tranny to the front part of the car where it was suppose to attach to the frame again via a bolt and rubber bushing serving as a spacer I assume. I could be wrong on this because the fact is the bolt on both sides were missing as well as the bushings. I noticed the marks from where a washer once was and when I pushed up on the frame it raised up about an inch. This frame/bracket also serves as a mount or support for the radiator so the radiator has also dropped 3 inches and was causing some of the rattling. I don't know for sure if there was a bushing between this support and the frame above it but I would assume there would be or it would be metal to metal contact. This bracket is also where the sway bar mounts to so every time I make a turn this lower frame/support is shifting from side to side. This is not a good thing so the car will be staying parked until this is fixed.
My question is, does anyone know what this bracket/support/lower frame is actually called and can you verify whether a rubber bushing actually goes between it and the upper frame and where I might be able to find them? None of my local parts stores (autozone, oreillys, napa, etc) carry the part, or they just have less knowledge than I do about cars because they didn't seem to understand too well.
I would appreciate the help with this matter. Thanks.
Sunday, December 20th, 2009 AT 8:55 PM