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Old 11-02-2008, 11:29 PM   #1
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96 Blazer front end noise

I have a metal to metal, popping, clunking sound (best I can describe) as I cross the gutter from my driveway to the street, is this a possible A-arm bushing or ball joint that is bad or broken shock? I have looked under the truck and can't see anything wrong. I would like to know if this has happened to anyone else before I go tearing the front end apart. My Blazer has 170K plus highway miles on it and have never tore the front end apart. All the tie rods, centerlink, idler arm and ball joints appear tight, always have been kept lubed. Can ball joints be checked by removing shocks and compressing front springs? Thanks for any information.
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:39 PM   #2
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Re: 96 Blazer front end noise

put the truck on jackstands under the frame so the front tires are off the ground, grab each tire and shake them around to see if anything moves or makes noise.
Old 11-06-2008, 01:48 AM   #3
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Re: 96 Blazer front end noise

Has anyone ever changed out A arm bushings? Could this be the noise I'm hearing? Ball joints are tight, just hear the metalic-pop noise as I turn and cross the gutter bump at the bottom of driveway
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Re: 96 Blazer front end noise

It's probably your ball joints. As said above, jack the front tires off the ground, grab the tire at 12 and 6 o'clock and try to rock it back forth. If there's movement you have a bad balljoint or two. If no movement, check the left to right movement by grabbing the tire at 9 and 3 and rocking. If it rocks that way, you likely have steering components that need to be replaced. If you can get a visual of the linkages while doing this you are more likely to pinpoint what's wrong.
Old 11-09-2008, 11:37 PM   #5
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Re: 96 Blazer front end noise

My '97 was doing the same thing, and I chased after every part of the suspension, only to find it was the front U-joint starting to go.

Just FYI.
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