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First post....more like a question. Lower control arm bushings in front are creaking at only 60,000 miles and need to be replaced pretty soon. Is this common on 2016 Trail Rated FDII models??
 

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At around 50k I had a ball joint go bad. When I removed the control arm to replace the ball joint I found the rubber in the rear bushings was cracked and needed replaced, but they weren't really creaking.

More common is creaking from the sway bar bushings being worn and dry.
 

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First post....more like a question. Lower control arm bushings in front are creaking at only 60,000 miles and need to be replaced pretty soon. Is this common on 2016 Trail Rated FDII models??
First off, welcome! Nice to have you on here. Please drop by the newbie threads and introduce yourself to the others. We've got a nice crowd on here.

Some say Patriot front ends are a weak point but my 2 Patriots have been solid. My '08 was developing some front-end creaking near the end of my ownership but it was 10 years old and very high miles when that started. My '14 has been fine other than the LF wheel bearing at 125,000 miles. That was my first and only repair so far.
 

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Welcome, Chris! Like Sandstone said, sway bar bushings are the most common cause of creaky front ends, but it's too uncommon for control arm bushings to be noisy. I replaced my right front lower control arm because I had a bad ball joint, and found that one of the bushings was in really bad shape, but it wasn't making any noise.
 

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First post....more like a question. Lower control arm bushings in front are creaking at only 60,000 miles and need to be replaced pretty soon. Is this common on 2016 Trail Rated FDII models??

Hi Chris,
Thanks for reaching out on the forum! While I can see that you are receiving great feedback from your fellow forum members, please remember that our team is always available for questions or assistance via private message.

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Ok, replaced sway bar links and bushings then greased the bushings, fingers crossed. Not hard to change lower control arm assembly but still cheap fixes are better.
 

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Well greased up all components of sway bar system and front end is still creaking. Used to do it only in the cold, but now starting to do it when it is warm out. Looks like the lower control arm assemblies will have to be replaced, bummer I figure it will be close to $1000. Oh well it is a Mopar product after all. I think the higher ground clearance leading to more strained articulation angles on the FDII must have something to do with it, just a thought.
 

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Before you start throwing serious money at it, you might try having someone exercise the suspension (rocking the car) while someone else listens around to try to pinpoint where the noise is coming from.

A mechanics stethoscope can be a big help.
 

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I'll second what Sandstone said. I'll also add that you can get the lower control arms pretty cheap. I paid around $150 for the pair when I had a bad ball joint in 2018. Believe I got them from Rockauto.
 
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