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2003 Saturn Ion Question: Just to be sure if my stabilizer bar bushing need to be replaced?

 

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Matt37, Angle Inlet, MN, October 29, 2013, 17:21
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When I turn the wheel or make a light turn I hear this creaking or scraping I wish I can try to describe the noise but can't! :( my mechanic had my car on his hoist to do something else and noticed they looked a lil shot also said it not a safety issue? I took my car to a shop jus around the corner from his shop to have another opinion I mentioned wut he said thinks its the Same thing. I jus gotta be sure I'm hopin they can hold out till Thursday at most till I get my money cause I do want to take care of this thnkx in advance

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    G. T. Service Center (4075 Answers) , Stephenville, TX - (254) 638-3236
    ProfessorG October 29, 2013, 17:37
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    If the sway bar bushings are doing that, then it should be doing it driving down the road. Are your ball joints sealed or can you grease them. I see a lot of cars with ones that are sealed with no grease fittings dry out and start making noise while turning. Can't here your noise, just a comment.

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    Matt37, October 29, 2013, 17:53
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    I'm not sure if its that but i do kno that I heard a almost similar noise to wut I'm hearin now it turned out to be a link that connected to the stabilizer bar on that day he changed it was perfect no noise this was replaced jus last month

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    ProfessorG, October 29, 2013, 18:07
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    OK; Like I say I can't hear the noise. Sounds like you have your own answer. A stabilizer/sway bar helps keep the vehicle from swaying while driving, same principal as shocks do, help stabilize the suspension while driving. So turning pivots the wheels. Huh sorry!

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    Matt37, October 29, 2013, 18:16
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    I just want to kno if the sound I'm describing is the bushings

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    ProfessorG, October 29, 2013, 18:22
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    Maybe someone else will answer. Gave my opinion, You said it sounded the same as before, so i'm sorry I gave my opinion, and a reason for it. I can't see or hear it.

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    Matt37, October 29, 2013, 19:21
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    I understand that u can't hear it and I'm also not tryin to be rude here as well jus concerned that's all this is my first car and i already put 3 grand into it

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    ProfessorG, October 29, 2013, 19:40
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    I'm trying to not be trouble; If the link is bad change it. Just stating as my first response; Should be doing it all the time, not just on turns. If it's bad it needs to go, irreguardless of question.

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    Matt37, October 29, 2013, 19:46
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    But that's the thing the link was already replaced I was usin it as an example of the noise I was hearin , I just want to make sure the bushings won't break on me that's all I don't kno anything about car part how much they r or how long they last !! Whatever I'm told is the issue I get it replaced and that y 2nite I wanted ur opinion to make sure if it is the stabilizer bar bushings

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    ProfessorG, October 29, 2013, 20:13
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    Thought you were talking about the other side was bad now. Then I go back to the ball joint issue, Get in touch with a front end specialist not just a general mechanic. Usually that's all they do. Worked with a front end man at Sears many years ago, won't say how many, but many, many. Learned a lot from him when I was younger. That's all he did, and he knew front ends. After doing this for so long, people can hear a car in a parking lot, or going down the road, and recognize a noise, and diagnose the problem as they drive by. It's pretty cool when someone pulls up to the shop with a noise, and you already know what the problem is. Good luck.

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    Matt37, October 29, 2013, 20:45
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    But just to say I been told ball joints make a clunk noise r u sure its that?

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    globalhelper October 30, 2013, 06:39
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    seek an est alone with a frt end alignment

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    Matt37, October 30, 2013, 08:08
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    Jus gonna scrap it

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    pushrod October 30, 2013, 06:58
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    Have a mechanic test drive your car, ride along and ask "what is that noise" when you hear it!!! Can't tell you anythng else!

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    Matt37, October 30, 2013, 08:07
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    Jus gonna scrap it

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