I have a 1995 Regal 3.8 with 212 K that has developed a particularily
nasty noise in the front end. Two mechanics told me the front end is
tight. It sounds like ball joint noise to me . I was under the car
both times with the mechanics as they were prying and poking etc. I
wonder if it could be the strut mounts. I've owned Buicks enough to
know when it isn't obvious it is probably a mount making noise. Any
What does a "really bad ball joint sound like to you"? You are not
describing things but you expect advise.
You "guess a thump"? Is it a thump or not?
Then you go on to suspect bearings or a strut. Maybe you should just fix
this yourself and not post to the group.
If you can't describe the symptoms, how do you expect any real advise from
Yeahbut... I don't want to assume what you may mean by your description.
It's not very definitive. Try to describe the noise again.
As for the strut bearings - yup, they are on the top of the strut and bear
between the strut tower and the strut so that when you turn there is a
bearing surface to carry the rotation. It's easy enough to get the struts
out, but you'll need someone with a strut compressor to actually replace the
bearings - it that's the problem.
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