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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:29 pm 
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How problematic has everyone found the front suspension to be in the GXP's? So far I've had the normal intermittant shaft problem, but also have replaced the stabilizer links. Now I have a feeling the driver side ball joints are going as there is a clink noise at almost every bump. Could be something else too, but thats my guess as of now. I'll have to check this weekend when I change the oil.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:35 pm 
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How many miles do you have?

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:47 pm 
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Nothing out of the ordinary for any car at the expected age and mileage. I just had to change out inner tie rods for the second time recently - but the catch is that I don't know what kind the original owner put in. If he had gone with bargain basement cheapies, they were due for replacement again.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:37 pm 
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I have 143K. Did passenger side wheel bearing, new one is noisy after one year. OEM driver side is loose and needs replacement but quite as a mouse. Upper strut bearings are stiff and creaky. My '02 had all the same issues by 180k. Overall, no complaints, everything else is tight.


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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:30 pm 
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I'm at 98,000 miles now. Ball joints looked good and tight, I did grease them though. Everything looked good underneath, meaning all was tight and free of rattles. I wonder if something is just loose and rattling such as a heat shield or something along that line...

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:45 pm 
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I have the same things going on with my GXP; bought mine off some farmer and noticed missing stabilizer links, minor intermittent shaft "clicking," and ball joints that ride extremely hard (haven't had time to get under the car yet). But I guess I wasn't completely surprised considering I don't know the farmer's maintenance habits and my car now has 101k on it as I drive all over MN for work.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:51 pm 
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How did you grease them? Did they have zerks?

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:33 am 
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How did you grease them? Did they have zerks?


Yes, lower ball joint has a zerk.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:27 am 
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Are they bolted in? I know our GXP doesn't have zerks, along with my 03, making me wonder if yours haven't already been replaced once...

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:45 am 
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Are your ball joins bolted on or riveted? If they are bolted they are for sure aftermarket. Mine too don't have zerks.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:59 am 
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Hmmm... I'll have to take a peak on that one...

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:11 pm 
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Well took a peak under the car, they really do look factory. Hard to believe the lower ball joint on both sides of the front of the car were replaced. They have 1 zerk right on the top.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:51 am 
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Could be replacement co.trol arms.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:14 pm 
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Did you check the sway bar bushings? Mine just rolled over 30k miles and had a clunk, changed the end links and it helped but there was still some noise there. Got it back up and looked at the swaybar bushings and you could see daylight between the swaybar and the bushing. Put the Energy suspension bushings in and problem is gone. Got some pics somewhere....


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 Post subject: Re: Front Suspension
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:06 pm 
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I had none. This is one area I never had to mess with. Most OEM suspension parts no longer use zerk fittings, so if you see them, it ain't stock most likely!

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