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Old 01-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #238
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Originally Posted by Danoff View Post
When inspecting control arm bushings (and other suspension components) for play, does this count as abnormal?

I see play in the control arm bushings and some in the end links, but I'm not experienced enough to know whether or not this constitutes replacement. I have noticed some extra clunking in the front end when I go over low-speed bumps. I think you can hear it in the video when move the caliper/rotor.

Any thoughts are appreciated.
CABs replaced yesterday and I can definitely say that when they have the play that you see in the video above they are going bad. I can confirm it as the source of the clunking noise when I went over bumps and that it was resulting in play while driving. That being said, I think I caught it about as early as one can catch this.

So if your bushings have less play than in the above video, they can probably go further. If they have as much or more, consider changing.
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