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    Ball Joint Creak?

    Hey gang!

    Hearing a creak on the front end when turning the wheel... What do you think - ball joint?

    https://youtu.be/zyzYj6J3l-0

    I replaced the control arms two years and ~10k miles ago with Lemforder units. Iíd be surprised if the BJís are gone already. Are E46 BJís greaseable?
    -Chris


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    Have the tie rods been replaced?
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    Nope.
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    Holy crap that's loud. You should definitely be able to feel it on the offending part. Can you have someone turn the wheel while you touch a screwdriver to the strut mount? Then try other areas if that's not it?

    I'd be hesitant to put a stethoscope on it and blow out your damn ear drums

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    Yeah, planning to do that but just havenít had the time to get it on the lift. Maybe this weekend. And yes- itís F-ing loud, which is why I thought it could be a ball joint; it seems to resonate through the frame.
    -Chris


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    Quote Originally Posted by cornercarver View Post
    Yeah, planning to do that but just havenít had the time to get it on the lift. Maybe this weekend. And yes- itís F-ing loud, which is why I thought it could be a ball joint; it seems to resonate through the frame.
    Don't need to put it on the lift to check the bearing in the strut mount. Just do exactly what you did in the video but stick a screwdriver on the mount and see if you feel the popping.

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