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  • bmylenbu
    bmylenbu - 2001 Mercury Cougar - Steering & Suspension - 11/24/2014
    Why is there a gap between top of front strut mounts and body?
    Front struts were replaced recently. When I had the front tires balanced today, tech showed me that the top of the mount could be moved when there was no load on the wheels. Told normal. When I went back to the place that installed them, was told normal. You ...
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  • Coates
    Coates - 2006 Mercury Milan - Steering & Suspension - 11/19/2014
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  • tp
    tp - 2003 Mercury Sable - Steering & Suspension - 9/21/2014
    Front end grinding noise (metal on metal) when driving, when idle moving the steering wheel back and forth causes it
    Think it's only the front left but hard to be sure.
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis - Steering & Suspension - 8/13/2014
    When I go to Esimates jobs section and I put in suspension ball joint replacement,
    Does that mean just one side or both.I cant get it to add the same job twice.Thanks
    • Jimm
      8/13/2014 Jimm
      Typically, the ball joints are replaced in pairs - meaning both upper or both lower ball joints at the same time. This is recommended due to age / wear / mileage considerations.

      The ball joint replacement should also include a front wheel alignment. Make sure the quoted estimate spells out this detail.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Mercury Cougar - Steering & Suspension - 6/11/2014
    When traveling rough roads I get a lot of chatter in the rear. Sounds sort of like a loose shock. Any Idea??
    The car has well over 250K and has been sitting up for three years not running. This chattering only can be heard on rough terrain or pavement. Have not had a chance to put the car on a lift to inspect rear bushings or axles. Motor is fantastic, and body is rust ...
    • bear.1216
      6/11/2014 bear.1216
      I would lay under the rear and punch the rear tires until you find the noise. If you hear it on rough roads. Punching or kicking the tires will simulate that. Check the rear suspension for any loose parts. Take a look at the rear shock mount bushings. Also check the rear sway bar bushings. It could have a broken rear coil spring or even loose exhaust system. These are all common places for wear. You will have to get under it and check it out for yourself. But those are good places to start looking. Some garages will perform a free inspection and estimate. You could find a shop to check it out for you.
  • Mike
    Mike - 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis - Steering & Suspension - 5/21/2014
    How can you tell if inner tie rods need replacement and procedure?
    How can you determine if inner tie rods need replacing and how to replace?
    • Jimm
      5/21/2014 Jimm
      Usually the outer tie rod ends need replacing first - these bear the most movement and therefore will wear first. At any rate - reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to inspect and replace the inner or outer tie rod ends.
      5/21/2014 Mike
      Thanks for your response. I will check site now.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Mercury Mountaineer - Steering & Suspension - 3/3/2014
    What is the loud banging when I drive that comes from the front wheel area
    my truck has 78000 miles and yesterday it began to make a loud banging sound by the front wheel only does that when im in drive and in motion...the faster I go the faster the noise gets...the steering wheel also was vibrating along with the noise and the ...
    • Jimm
      3/3/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn strut mount, faulty / worn shock mounting, faulty / worn suspension bushing, faulty / worn wheel bearing.
      As the first step - raise and support the front wheels (use jack stands). Go underneath the vehicle for a thorough inspection. Refer to the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Mercury Mountaineer - Steering & Suspension - 3/3/2014
    Loud banging coming from front wheel area
    my truck has 78000 miles ,yesterday I noticed a loud banging coming from the front wheel only made the noise when I was driving and got faster when I gave the truck more gas....I felt vibrations in the steering wheel and the truck drove very ...
    • Jimm
      3/3/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn strut mount, faulty / worn shock mounting, faulty / worn suspension bushing, faulty / worn wheel bearing.
      As the first step - raise and support the front wheels (use jack stands). Go underneath the vehicle for a thorough inspection. Refer to the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Mercury Villager - Steering & Suspension - 2/25/2014
    My front end makes a popping noise when I pull out and recently it started making a smaller popping noise when I let off
    throttle and it shakes sometimes when driving
    • Jimm
      2/25/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn / faulty strut mount bushing (upper or lower), worn / faulty sway bar link bushing, worn / faulty suspension bushing.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Mercury Mountaineer - Steering & Suspension - 1/28/2014
    A clunk in the front on roads that are not real smooth
    replaced tie rod end,lower ball joint, wheel bearing. could it be the upper ball joint?
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/28/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Take a close look at the swaybar links and confirm that one of them is not broken and still in place. It could be an upper ball joint, yes, but don't guess at it, jack each side up under the lower control arm and shake the tire in and out. Try to get the ball joint to move sideways. Often requires one person to shake the tire while another looks for any movement of the joint. if the joint were making noise on bumby roads the ball joint would have to be so worn badly that you would not have to wonder if it were bad when you shake the tire.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis - Steering & Suspension - 1/9/2014
    Air suspenion stop working will not go up
    dont know where fuse and relay is
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Check fuse 16 (15 amp) inside the car at fuse panel and check fuse 114 in the underhood fuse panel (30 amp) The most common thing to find is the fuse underhood blown and caused by the air suspension compressor being shorted. Check the fuse first.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Mercury Sable - Steering & Suspension - 12/4/2013
    Power steering unit just replaced now like its the unit is bad when I shut the car off it literally blows the cap off
    the new pump had a small leak on the pressure line friend added power steering fluid with stop leak
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/4/2013 HouseCallAuto
      A leak on a pressure line cannot be fixed with stop leak, as a matter of fact, just about nothing can be fixed with stop leak. A truly useless product that does make some big chemical company millions though. This problem is caused by air in the power steering system. These systems can be very difficult to get the air out of. To bleed the air from the system, put a vacuum on the power steering reservoir (I don't mean a vacuum like Kenmore) and work the steering wheel side to side. The vacuum will help draw the air pockets out of the system. It may still take 20-30 minutes of doing this to get all of the air out of the system. Once the air is bled, the fluid level should stay steady whether the engine is running or not.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis - Steering & Suspension - 11/28/2013
    When driveing start to hear a rattleing sound coming from the front driverside wheel. I notice wear from the ball joints
    Any help be great thanks. You can hear it only when you driveing 30 or faster or passing a car or side of a barrier or wall.
    • Maize
      11/28/2013 Maize
      Probably a loose piece of the hubcap rattling. Take the hubcap off & drive it around for a while. While you're at it make sure the problem isn't loose lug nuts, although lug nuts will usually make a creaking sound. If neither one of these things solves the problem, the most likely cause is loose parts rattling in the brake or a bad wheel bearing. A bad wheel bearing can SOMETIMES make a rattling sound, but will usually hum, growl, howl, or rumble, until it's ready to fall apart at which point it will start making a creaking sound.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis - Steering & Suspension - 11/16/2013
    Should new tires be put on the front or rear for the best safety if there is a blowout on one of the old tires?.
    I always heard the new tires should go on the front, since tat is were the steering is controlled. Now I am being told they should go on the rear.
    • smagic69
      11/16/2013 smagic69
      In all honesty you should change all four tires but it depends what it is rear wheel drive or front wheel drive but if it is 4 wheel drive replace all of them If I'm only changing 2 and its a rear wheel drive I go with the rear and if its front wheel I put the tires up there
    • bear.1216
      11/16/2013 bear.1216
      Most shops will tell you that new tires should go on the rear and old tires moved to front. You have more control over the front wheels during tire skids or blow outs. Meaning if you lose traction you can accelerate, brake or turn the wheels to regain control. If the rear tires lose traction all you can do is hit the brakes and make it worse. It is especially important in snow to have the best tires on the rear. If you have bald tires or a blow out on the rear you can lose control of the vehicle. With no traction on the rear tires the rear end of the car can easily pass the front end and send you spinning down the highway. Good rear tires give your vehicle its stability.
  • nurse-nicki
    nurse-nicki - 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis - Steering & Suspension - 9/28/2013
    What would cause my "check air suspension" light to be on?
    Last winter I put my car in the ditch. The check air suspension light came on, but then went off. It has come on a few times since then, but has always turned off. A few weeks ago it came on and didn't turn off. Now tonight the driver side rear is sitting really ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/28/2013 HouseCallAuto
      That depends on your level of talent. Your car *probably* has leaks from the rear air springs (the bags) and you have to buy 2 new bags at a cost of about $150 and then replace them. You will need at least one HD floor jack, maybe ramps too, look up remove and replace procedure and replace them. if you do not replace them soon you will eventually cause the air compressor to fail even if you replace the bags.