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#1663110 - 07/19/07 04:33 PM How to Diagnose a Bad Ball Joint
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Hey all, an old-noobie here (I still have the original ClubSi mouse pad on my desk!). Have a '99 Civic Si that I just bought and there are creaking sounds coming from the front when I hit bumps or go up the driveway. I searched the site and others have said this could be a bad ball joint. How can I diagnose that without taking it to a dealer? What usually needs to be replaced for that? Thanks
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#1664574 - 07/19/07 11:26 PM Re: How to Diagnose a Bad Ball Joint [Re: si93]
Import Tuner Offline
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Ball joints can be tough to diagnose...
You're more interested in (unloaded) movement rather than creaking...

Control arm bushings are usually a cause for creaks, while loose ball joints are a source of pops and clunks...

Jack the car up under the lower control arm (as close to the lower ball joint as possible) with a floor jack and try to move the tire up and down and in and out...
By jacking it up in that position, you load the suspension between the lower control arm and the upper strut mount, but you release the load between the upper and lower ball joint of the knuckle assy.
Any movement in the upper and lower ball joints can be easily seen / felt at that time...
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#1666921 - 07/20/07 03:08 PM Re: How to Diagnose a Bad Ball Joint [Re: Import Tuner]
si93 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/03
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Thanks for the reply. I had a chance to jack up one side of the car last night (before I saw your reply) and I think the bushing on the right front upper control arm looks bad. Actually, everything under the car looks bad, lots of rust (a LOT more than I would expect). It felt like the right side axle was loose too. And the trans has a big greasy looking wet spot on it right at the area of the loose axle. I'll see if I can post some pics. I think I got a lot more than I bargained for with this one.
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'88 CRX Si- Never should have sold it
'91 CRX Si- Never should have sold it
'93 Civic Si/GSR Swap- Never should have sold it
'00 Civic Si- Never should have sold it
'99 Civic Si- Wish I didn't buy it

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#1667199 - 07/20/07 03:58 PM Re: How to Diagnose a Bad Ball Joint [Re: si93]
civicbooty Offline
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Registered: 01/12/03
Posts: 1708
yea most likely the cv boot is torn too correct?

if so your axel will need replacement

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