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#2 of 139 Bushings or ball joints
Jan 03, 2006 (2:45 pm)
Have an '01 LS V8 with 95k on it. When the car (and the suspension) is cold, I get a loud thud when driving over bumps. When the car is warmed up, the noise magically goes away.
That's how I explained it to the dealer, and after reading previous posts on the board, I asked them to check & replace the bushings.
Well, the prognosis was wrong, they're saying the ball joints are about shot, and were gracious enough to quote above $1500 to do the work.
But the tire wear is ok, there's no shimmy in the steering, and everything else seems ok. Have others with this many miles run into the same?
If I still lived in the pothole ridden Northeast I might agree, but Atlanta roads are much better.
Any thoughts / input appreciated, thanks.
#3 of 139 Re: Bushings or ball joints [p3ga]
Jan 03, 2006 (6:32 pm)
Could be the sway bar bushings but we have seen some ball joint replacements. I'd get a second opinion. Which dealer?
#4 of 139 Re: Bushings or ball joints [p3ga]
Jan 04, 2006 (5:13 am)
I just replaced the sway bar bushings in my '00 with 90K miles on it, and it's now as quiet as it was new. It had been thumping on every speed bump, especially when cold (winter), for the past couple of years.
I had assumed all along it was the bushings, and it was. The parts are about $35 & it takes an hour or two to do (mine's a 6 -- the V8 may or may not be different). The dealer should be able to do these very quickly -- they get a lot of practice, and they're certainly done with the learning curve. My son & I had to figure some stuff out along the way and, even at that, it didn't take all that long.
I'd have the bushings done first. If the problem goes away, you're finished. If not, spend the rest of the money -- it's not one of these deals where "you're in there already, so let's do this too." They're entirely separate jobs, except for maybe taking off the bottom plastic shield.
Oh, and I'd certainly find another dealer -- these guys sound like ripoff artists (what! a crooked car dealer! Imagine!!). At least ask them how many hours they're going to charge for the bushing job & what the parts cost. It wouldn't hurt to get bids over the phone from as many dealers in your area as you're interested in contacting. I'm guessing you'll get out of this for a couple, three hundred dollars and the noise will go away.
#5 of 139 Re: Bushings or ball joints [p3ga]
May 01, 2006 (2:13 pm)
just read your posting and noticed that there is a recall on th 01 LS for lower ball joint nuts not being tightened to specs..they will either tighten them or replace ball joints if needed..might wanna check on that and get some money back
#6 of 139 odd vibration 2004 ls V6
Jul 17, 2006 (3:18 pm)
I just purchased a 2004 ls(9000 miles) and noticed that when travelling on the highway there is an odd vibration that i feel in the gas pedal. If I switch to D4 vs D5 overdrive it seems to go away. The endine is not running rough and other than the pedal vibration, the ride is smooth enough. Has anybody experienced this or have a suggestion as to what may be causing it? Thanks for the help.
#7 of 139 Re: odd vibration 2004 ls V6 [40ric]
Jul 17, 2006 (4:59 pm)
Could be an out of balance drive shaft or rear end problem. Since it's under warranty have it checked by the dealer.
#8 of 139 Re: odd vibration 2004 ls V6 [akirby]
Jul 17, 2006 (5:13 pm)
#9 of 139 LOUD THUMPING NOISE
Nov 15, 2006 (10:58 am)
2002 LINCOLN LSE_GRIN(90k) WHEN I DRIVE OVER SMALL BUMPS, IT MAKES THIS THUMPING SOUND OVER AND OVER AGAIN .THIS NOISE IS DRIVING ME CRAZY!!! AND WHEN I TRY TO SELECT D4 IT DOESNT CHANGE BUT IF I SELECT D3 IT CHANGES TO D3. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I SHOULD DO.
#10 of 139 Re: LOUD THUMPING NOISE [lse_grinboy]
Nov 15, 2006 (11:01 am)
STOP TYPING IN ALL CAPS!!!
The clunk is probably the sway bar bushings. Not sure about the shifter. What makes you think it isn't engaging D4?