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Right now that my ball joint is torn I asked them about that part and they said maybe I could just replace the boot or "dust guard" and leave the ball joint in there? Idk I guess I'll see if this end link and bushings take care of the noise and if I still hear it then maybe its the bad ball joint. I wouldn't doubt it because I do believe that I'm only hearing it from the passenger's side mainly. My gf who is mainly my number one passenger says she hears it in the middle? Which leads me to believe it could be my sway bar bushings? I think I might buy those and replace those as well just because I was moving around my sway bar and it can rotate 360° if there weren't any things in the way, what I'm saying is I think its really loose, but visually it looks fine.None of the images are working but welcome to suspension work...you've got to always assume every bushing/, ball joint, end link, etc. needs to be replaced as a good rule of thumb. I'd rather have the parts and return them unused (or just install all new and be done) than make 5 trips for parts as I find new things that need replacing.
Update: a few hours later
I'm pissed to say the very least, waiting at a bus stop while I type this. Napa failed to align the rotation of my compliance bushings the same way the factory bushings were installed. There are no notches or marks on the control arm itself to match up with the arrows on the bushing so the guy who pressed it and whom I was questioning about the rotation looking wrong said its fine and tried to bullshit his way out of it. So he said if there's any problems bring it back, it was already late we were stuck in rush hour traffic so there was no going back. And making it there before closing time at least. Anyways I immediately called my dads friend who was a Honda mechanic for 15 years and he verified that I was correct and that they were WRONG. not only that but I told them not to press the two other bushings that I had bought, but they did it anyways and charged me the extra 80 (40 each) actually 35 four days ago but apparently that changed. I think these ****ing assholes think they can just bullshit me whatever they want with their lack of knowledge and unstable prices. Either way I'm not paying for a job done wrong especially if they're charging me more than what I had agreed to pay for.
I'm gonna take it back tomorrow for them to redo the job that should've been done right in the first place, especially for $160 for a 5-10 minute job. I am not giving them another penny, my only problem now is that I don't know that right points for the arrow marks, I've been looking for pictures online of other control arms with the bushings pressed CORRECTLY to see where those arrow marks are, but haven't been getting much luck. I'm pretty sure I have a good idea of where they are just from memory, but I want to be sure. If I could find a legit official diagram or guide for the arrow marks on the bushings and/or the control arm then I could finish this once and for all and get my shit back together. Also I know that I need to do it, because those guys are stupid and won't even try to make sense of the rotation of the bushing. As soon as I looked at it, I knew right away that something wasn't right about it.
i shouldve just got these http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/s...=op7b25aqgfkm&cj=1&flexid=viglink&CID=2470763
Here is an example of a pic I found on some singapore honda forums, anyways it shows a perfect diagram of the marks I'm talking about;however my control arm doesn't have mark on it like this picture does so that is why the guy didn't think it needed to go in a certain way