Have a 93 thunderbird lx w/88,000 miles..here are my symptoms:
1) when driving even at lower speeds 35 and below here a slight
"rattle or clunking" noise. maybe even "popping" sound (not like a
balloon. more like metal tapping noise. the sound doesnt really change
depending on road surface, its pretty constant...my wife insists she
hears a "grinding" noise also...which I know could be breaks.
2) car pulls to the right slightly when holding steering wheel, and
more so when I let go.
3) the car was in a accident by previous owner and front bumper is
loose, he tried tying it up w/coat hangers around tie rod. so I sorta
got it a little more secure by using nuts and bolts ( where original
ones where) but it is still a little loose and the noise is still
there. previous owner says there was no other damage done but Im
starting to think this is not the case because the noise has gottin a
little worse since we bought a few weeks ago...we've only put about
300 miles on it.
I wish I could record the sound for all to here.......LOL
what could problem be (I know these symptom could probably be a lot of
things ) but maybe someone could gimme most likely problem.......I was
told tappin/poppin/rattling noise sounds like ball joints or struts/
how can I tell if the ball joints are bad?? tie rod?? The shocks I
know need replacing because the car bounces several times when I push
down on front end....and probably needs an allignment. the breaks are
fine, I"ve inspected them and there is plenty of meat on the pads and
the car stops good... I was hoping someone could give me instructions
on testing ball joints...could greasing them perhaps help if they are
the problem? or is it too late for that now that the noises have
started and have been goin on to long????
P.S. sorry the message is sooo long but my daughter is primary driver
and cant afford mechanic to do work especially considering most wont
even give free estimates...thankyou