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My passenger side front creaks over every bump and when I'm in town crusing around everytime I turn it's annoying creaking. I dropped it off at the shop today and they said it's the bushing in the lower control arm and that there is nothing you can do about it because the arm is still good. Is this true? I want a second opinion, they said to replace it would be like 2-300 bucks. I don't want to pay that much over a stupid creaking. I thought they could just squirt some lube on it and it would be good to go. Anyone else have this problem? Thanks~
 

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As soon as I take down the sticky, I knew the question would come back up!!!!!!;) Your mechanic is right, it's bushings. Most people with MN12s experience the creaking as their car gets some mileage on them, especially when it's cold out. You can start replacing bushings. www.supercoupeperformance.com and www.mn12performance.com sell poly kits for the entire front end, and although they are expensive, it will get rid of any creaking you have.
 

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Oh that sucks! Sorry I tried looking at other posts but I just seen clunking and squeeling didn't see anything on creaking. Guess this just means I need to crank my stereo up louder. Dang it!
 

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F00SER said:
I want a second opinion, they said to replace it would be like 2-300 bucks. I don't want to pay that much over a stupid creaking.
roughly $50 bucks for a new lower control arm which has the ball joint and bushings already installed. The rest they must be charging you for labor. That seems high. I don't know what labor rates are but it's probably a couple hours tops with the right equipment.
 

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Try tightening up all of the front subframe to chassis bolts as well. They can work loose over time, and cause a creaking or popping sound.

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fast Ed N said:
Try tightening up all of the front subframe to chassis bolts as well. They can work loose over time, and cause a creaking or popping sound.

cheers,
Ed N.
that the current issue i have, still could be a bushing, i just changed a 3a140 strut rod bushing on my right front during lunch. still there just not as bad. im goign to put it off as much as possible, till i attempt the cobra intake swap.
 

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Ed N.,
Are the subframe bolts easy to get to? I read another post about tightening them and I want to check mine as well.
 

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They are easy to access when the car is up in the air. But they do take an oddball tool for tightening ... I think they are a big Torx size or something, it's been awhile since we did mine. Maybe a "search" will come up with the correct answer to that.

cheers,
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