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Control arm or bearing? How do it tell

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I have a 2002 911 (996) Cab. Original owner. 78,000 miles. Over the last few months I have noticed a squeak coming from the front right. Noticable mainly at low speeds. It is now VERY noticable and if I push down on the front right it squeaks. Questions: How can i tell if it is the control arm or a bearing? Are these projects I can tackle myself (my dealer wants $950 for control arm)? If one has gone....do I assume they are all about to go? What other costs given my mileage may I be instore for?

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My issue appears to be related to the wishbone ball joint. MY03 p/n for the wishbone assembly is 996 341 053 07. I don't know what that p/n crosses to for your MY or my MY00. Also don't know if just the ball joint may be replaced without swapping the larger assembly.



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Just an FYI.

In early cars 1969 - 73 squeaking ball joints were not uncommon. One fix was to get a syringe and inject about 10cc of ATF into the joint.

This worked for me on multiple cars over the years.

If you have a diabetic friend that injects insulin ask for a used needle. The needles are very small (26-28gage) and you can poke it through the rubber without making a noticeable hole.

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Vertex sells just the ball joint, but I am not sure how you install it. The factory one is crimped in. I know that you can replace the 944 control arm ball joints with a kit, but it involves a circ clip and epoxy, which I am not certain I would do.

You might want to ask Vertex what is involved in installing a new ball joint and see if you think that is a good way to go. I've always replaced the whole arm - new arm, with new ball joint and two new bushings.

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