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#1 Old 11-26-2010, 05:20 PM
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2007 suspension questions

I have a 2007 rt caliber. I love it. Love the heated seats, the sunlight, the hot orange color. But I am wondering about the suspension. I already had a rear bushing and wheel bearing replaced, and now am told gotta get the front ball joint assemblies (both sides) replaced. The estimate is almost $800.00 US. I have 64,000 miles on it and just wondered if anyone else has been seeing these problems. Seems like a lot of suspension problems for a young car? Also wondering on the estimate if this seems fair. Thanks for any input.
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my 08 is not as sound as id like.. Most of these cars seems to have one form of suspension problem or another.

Ive replaced two front struts(due to my own stupidity)

my rear struts are on their last legs

replaced endlinks front and rear

replaced a front right outer tie rod

still have an occasional creaking noise from the rear end when the suspension flexes. No idea what it is. I just turn the radio up louder and ignore it

Also lowered on eibach sportlines, so two inches of drop has not helped my car out much, but i do enjoy the drop and the ride. Just have to keep fixing ****, thats all...

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I have a 2007 rt caliber. I love it. Love the heated seats, the sunlight, the hot orange color. But I am wondering about the suspension. I already had a rear bushing and wheel bearing replaced, and now am told gotta get the front ball joint assemblies (both sides) replaced. The estimate is almost $800.00 US. I have 64,000 miles on it and just wondered if anyone else has been seeing these problems. Seems like a lot of suspension problems for a young car? Also wondering on the estimate if this seems fair. Thanks for any input.
The suspension is really the ONLY thing i'm disappointed with. I have basically the same car as you. Just had another tie-rod and another control arm replaced, just before my 100,000 km warranty expired. It still sounds like crap over any speed bump or dip in the road, but I'd definitely recommend the R/T to anyone. I'm looking at going to the SRT4 just for more power and navigation, but the R/T still looks and ,overall, drives like new after 3 years (still creaking) .
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I have the 07 r/t with 40,something miles and had both outer tire rods, front and back sway bar bushings and both front struts replaced. all covered thank god! but still over speed humps it still creeks some.

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Need a middle option of some problems. lol

mine is quiet over speed bumps and such now

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I have a 2008 and since about 60k miles I've had problems with creaking and thuds when I go over bumps or with turning left or right. First the dealer tightened "Sub Frame Bolts". Didn't work. Then they replaced the entire rack and pinion. Helped but still thunks and creaks. At 90k they replaced the steering column. That seemed to work for the last 6 months but now it is thunking again when I turn right. I have 100,200 miles now. The suspension/steering is the only real problem I've had with the car. I love it and would buy it again. Glad I have a Lifetime Max Car warranty

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I recently got mine but already had the lower control arms replaced (less than a week after I got it), and about to take it in for another mystery suspension sound. It seems everyone has suspension problems and people just turn up the radio. What I'm wondering is are the sounds actually damaging to the vehicle? Yeah, every sound could be from something different and no two situations are the same, but has anyone had a mechanical failure while driving? Could it be that many of these suspension repairs are only because of the sounds their making and not because the part is actually near breaking?

I'd love to hear from people that had a suspension related breakdown.
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I recently got mine but already had the lower control arms replaced (less than a week after I got it), and about to take it in for another mystery suspension sound. It seems everyone has suspension problems and people just turn up the radio. What I'm wondering is are the sounds actually damaging to the vehicle? Yeah, every sound could be from something different and no two situations are the same, but has anyone had a mechanical failure while driving? Could it be that many of these suspension repairs are only because of the sounds their making and not because the part is actually near breaking?

I'd love to hear from people that had a suspension related breakdown.
Well, i drove on two completely blown front struts for about a week while waiting for the new ones to ship out. The car was still driveable, just had to be careful and not drive far.

I think the majority of the people have heard a noise and gotten it fixed before it became serious though.

If you let a control arm bushing go, chances are you wont be able to get away with driving it though.
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If the part is obviously broken then yeah it needs replaced, but what I mean is does a creaking sound automatically mean something needs to be replaced when it comes to service shops. Of all the vehicles I've had, this is the first one to have any suspension problems so I'm not familiar with that part of a car. Mine will be out of warranty (Carmax 30 day warranty) this coming week and I'm taking it in on Monday because it's still making noises. I don't want them to blow it off since the warranty is about up, and I'd have to pay for it.
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If the part is obviously broken then yeah it needs replaced, but what I mean is does a creaking sound automatically mean something needs to be replaced when it comes to service shops. Of all the vehicles I've had, this is the first one to have any suspension problems so I'm not familiar with that part of a car. Mine will be out of warranty (Carmax 30 day warranty) this coming week and I'm taking it in on Monday because it's still making noises. I don't want them to blow it off since the warranty is about up, and I'd have to pay for it.
Well, no suspension component is supposed to make a noise that youre not used to. There is normal noise, there is normal noise for a lowered car, and then there are broken noises
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