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'96 E320, 104K--the recent replacement of lower control arms (with new ball joints and new Bilstein shocks) made the car drive ever so much better. My indie shop said nothing else needed to be done; everything else was pretty tight.
Today, however, in making a U-turn in a center median (median higher than the pavement and slanting downward to the pavement), when the front wheels hit the flat pavement (right, then left sides) there were two loud pops (cracks?). So, what now? What am I facing in the front suspension? Any thoughts?
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P.S. The car drove straight as an arrow after the "event," with no vibration whatsoever. I'm puzzled.
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Sway bar links and bushings?


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Good point, K. The sway bar bushings and links are what I haven't yet replaced in the front. Maybe that's it; I hope it's that simple. Like I said, the car drives beautifully, but this noise raises my concern. Thank you for your suggestion.
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Those things are easy overlooked as when you lift the car on one side, they always have tension on them.
Than they make annoying knocks.
Even if in doubt - they are cheap enough to replace just because.
Aftermarket link at AZ sells for 6 bucks and this is the part I would take a risk with.
(have a set waiting for son's car)


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Come to think about it, I didn't replace any UPPER control arms; could that be a problem here?
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Come to think about it, I didn't replace any UPPER control arms; could that be a problem here?
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With your low mileage, I wouldn't think so.

I do think you should take the car back to the indie shop that did the front end work and have them inspect it for damage or loose components. They may have neglected to properly tighten something when they did the repairs. It happens...

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Will revisit the shop next week early on. Thanks for the replies.
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