Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Belleville, ON, Canada
A-arm ball joint is a good candidate but pretty much all the front suspension could have worn out points. Inner/outer tie rod ends even struts and sway bar links.
I have replace almost all of mine. The parts used are very poor and wear quickly. The later years appear to be better but still done prematurely. I've just ordered a set of front sway bar links for mine they're gone. Easy test for them, just grab to top roof rail and sway the car side to side. You'll hear a sharp clicking sound from the front. If you have someone to help they can locate it quickly. Reach over the tire and grab the link arm and they'd feel the vibration and going to the upper and then lower knuckle of the link ends you can feel which ones are worn out. I currently have an upper knuckle on one side and lower on the other side worn. I am replacing them both this time with a set of Moog links since I replaced one link less than a year ago and have to again it seems. I am told the Moog links are lifetime warrantied.
As for the rest of it you have to jack the wheel and check for play in the ball joint and tie rods. Most of this can be determined by one person. Note, when wiggling the drivers side wheel and checking the inner tie rod end at the rack and pinion output. There may appear to be play because of movement. However the steering wheel will be moving when doing the left to right motions falsely indicating it may need replacement. I got caught with that already. Needlessly changing it out. (If someone holds the steering wheel tight the movement will all but disappear)
Jeep Compass 2009
4x4, 2.4L, CVT
heated seats, TPMS
General Altimax RT43 P225/65R17
Yellow Fog Lamps
CLASS III Curtis Hitch
SOLD @ 153,000km Oct. 2018 THE END !!
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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Last edited by tripplec; 08-25-2014 at 03:06 PM.