I HAD MY LOWER BALL JOINTS REPLACED AT BREWSTER HONDA, NY, MARCH 31, 2009. THE COST: $432.95. LATELY, I NOTICED THE FRONT PASSENGER WHEEL MAKING A CLUNKING OR THUNKING NOISE WHILE GOING OVER BUMPS OR EVEN WHILE THE CAR IS STOPPED, IF I SHIFT MY WEIGHT IN THE DRIVER SEAT. I INSPECTED THE WHEEL BY GRABBING THE TIRE FROM THE BACK PULLING TOWARDS THE FRONT. I NOTICED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF PLAY. AS THOUGH IT WAS LOOSE FROM THE STEERING KNUCLE. I CHECKED THE LUG NUTS AND IT WERE TIGHTENED. DO YOU THINK THEY PERFORMED A NEGLIGENT REPAIR AT BREWSTER HONDA? I'M BRINGING THE CAR TOMORROW. CAN YOU HELP ME?, THANK YOU
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2001 Honda CR-V
Question: Has my lower ball joints not repaired correectly?
Answer #1Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, May 03, 2009, 07:59Master
It's hard to say anything about the repairs until the vehicle has been inspected. Is this the same complaint you had when the ball joints were replaced?
ReplyOL55, May 03, 2009, 09:27Rookie
Thanks for responding. In response to your answer, yes , I was experiencing the same noise, that's why Brewster Honda recommend lower ball joints replacement. Thank you.
patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, May 03, 2009, 10:43Master
With the car jacked up and properly supported Grab the wheel at at he top and the bottom (12:00 and 6:00) and then 3:00 and 9:00 if the same amount of excess play if felt it is likely to be a wheel bearing.
One thing I see wear on the CRV that causes a knocking when the suspension changes position (like driving over a speed bump) is the sway bar outer link. There is a ball and socket joint that is like a human hip or shoulder that wears and causes a noise but this would not exhibit itself as play at the wheel.
An inspection is needed before coming to any conclusions.
Answer #3needhelp2 July 26, 2010, 18:36Rookie
take it back to honda. it's there problem now. if they repaired the wrong component, they should help you or give you some kind of brake on the next repair. overall it is best to get two or three opinions and then pick one. stay with one repair shop if possible.