Hello Scotty. I've been dealing with this annoying problem for a long time on my wife's 02 Rav4 with…

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Hello Scotty. I've been dealing with this annoying problem for a long time on my wife's 02 Rav4 with 230K. When coming to a stop I can very often hear and feel a loud thump under the car, it's like something is moving forward and suddenly stops creating the thump.. I changed all motor mounts last year (never changed before) and the problem still persists. Yesterday upon inspecting the ball joint for noise going over bumps I noticed cracks in the lower control arm bushings.
1.Could that be the culprit of my problem or these are normal cracks?

  1. ALso, my ball joint is leaking its grease but no play in the front wheel but car clunks while going over bumps, should I change it anyway? 3.To change out the lower control arm, should I change both sides or just the faulty one?
  2. Per the factory instructions one has to lower the frame to remove the front lower control arm bolts. If I do that, will I have to support anything like tranny with another jack or not necessary? Thanks Scotty.

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Got it. Thank you so much Scotty. I managed to change out both control arms, ball joints and tie rods on my 99 Camry but this frame thing is little different for me. I appreciate your time you are giving back to all of us, thank you Scotty.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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yes,just enough down, you don't want to drop em off entirely cause that leads to a rat's nest putting it back on. Try A and B and pry, and if you can't , remoe the pan

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The right side looks easier as it only have two frame bolts but the left side I'll have to deal with the rear engine mount bolts C and D. I was wondering if disconnecting only the bolts A and B would be enough to pry the frame down an inch to get the front bolts out. It's either that or removing tranny oil pan out to get the bolt out

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So what you're saying is not to remove the frame bolts completely but just enough to be able to pry down the frame to remove the front bolts? Did I get this right?

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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change just the faulty one. And when you lower the frame, be very careful not to let the bolts go too far off or things will fall down and be hell to get back together. Best to use one jack for frame, another for engine and tranny to keep things safe.