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Old 06-03-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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2002 mustang gt making noise when turning ?

Ok my mustang started making weird noises when turning mostly when parking or backing out I hear a weird noises almost kinda popping but not sure . It's definitely noticeable and really wanting to get it fixed . My car is lowered and the guy I bought it from said everything is steeda that's been put for suspension on the car ? Any suggestions what it might be ?
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:31 PM   #2
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Could very well be your ball joints going bad if it sounds like a popping/grinding noise. Had mine go out when I first bought my GT and it started out as a mild popping sound, and turned into an obnoxiously loud grinding and popping whenever I turned the wheel.


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It's worse when going to the right than left but it's not so much the power steering it's like a small popping sound and gets worse the more I turn ? Any specific ball joint brands to get ?


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While I don't have personal experience with them, I've heard that steeda makes pretty good ball joints that go well on cars that are lowered. I'd look into those seeing how the previous owner said he used steeda suspension parts.


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Since I would be replacing the ball joints would it be wise to replace anything else in that atmosphere ?


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I haven't had to do anything suspension wise to my 03, but in general have gotten along well with Moog parts. Last I knew they had a lifetime warranty, which is good if you plan on keeping the car long term.


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Old 06-03-2015, 11:04 PM   #7
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Is there a distributer that I can look up that sell these parts ? I usually look at american muscle and latemodel resto


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This is the first mustang I bought so I plan on never selling it ... Have plans in the future to 5.0 swap it but for now I just want it to be running smooth ! 😁


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CarQuest quit handling Moog but has Raybestos (sp?) with a lifetime warranty. I think O'Reilly's has them still. Moog is made in USA, they gave a plant fifteen miles from my hometown.


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If you need balljoints get the Steeda X2s.


If your car has higher mileage chances are ALL the rubber bushings are shot and need replaced. This would be new A arm bushings, swaybar bushings etc... etc... Good excuse to upgrade everything to poly but I'd find out exactly what is popping first and replace that and then go from there.
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I currently have 83,000 miles ... I know for sure I need new isolators for the springs but is there a kit I can buy for all poly bushings for the A arm etc...


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I will also look into moog and see what I think of there product . Are the expensive or fairly priced ?


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Moog is fairly priced and good. Get all your stuff from www.rockauto.com and don't even waste time with the parts stores if you are just going to get "oem style" replacement stuff. There is a 5% off discount code on the forums for rockauto as well.
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Well if it is ball joints that's causing the noise how hard is it to install them ?


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Also could this have to do anything with the tie rods ?


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easy install. auto parts store for ball joint/tie rod/u joint kit. its a loaner tool so you get your money right back. get the fork things (ball joint tie rod forks)
check youtube for a walkthrough. thats how i did mine.
took me 12 hours on the passenger side with the wrong tools (this includes time going back to store twice, raging, and sleeping.)
and like, an hour or so on the drivers side with the correct tools and knowledge from the passenger side.

I would grab tie rods and change them since you are down there. if you go with moog parts make sure you have a grease gun and synthetic grease. (mobil 1 grease is great)
this will ensure that they stay lubricated and protected and last you a good long while.

keep in mind, advance autoparts sells moog, but like, close to 2x the price as the internet. it may be worth talking to someone at your local store, or to find online coupons. aap has a lifetime warranty on moog parts. so if they fail on you, pull em out and bring them in with a receipt, and they will swap it out for you and ship the broken one back to the manufacturer in the new box. so if a warranty like that is worth it to you, thats the way to go. otherwise, check rockauto and amazon.
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Okay thank you I will look it up on YouTube and see if I can find an install video


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