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suspension / steering

My 87 944 has loose handling on the left front side.
I checked a couple of things last night, the front sway bar has movement, I am not sure if is supposed to have any or not, It looks like the bushings have dry rotted. All the bolts are tight.
My question(s) are how much play should the sway bar have?

Should I replace the tie rod ends?

And the last one is I checked pricing for the front control arm on this site, will this one work on my car? (Front Control Arm, 924S/944 thru 1/85, Left or Right $41.10)
There is another one listed ( Front Control Arm, Cast Aluminum, 944/944 Turbo 2/85 thru '86, Left $433.70)

Why such a price difference?

Sorry for the drawn out questions...

Looking forward to some good advice!!


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The cast lower control arm is expensive because the ball joint is not serviceable....

pre 85 1/2 used a stamped steel arm......

the ball joints on this early arm can be replaced. I have seen rebuilt cast aluminum
in a few parts catalogs ......don't know how
they are able to replace the ball joint though.

Are your struts shot ? I would think this
would be the main component to check since
the strut has the largest range of movement
out of all front suspension components.....

Struts for your car ........depending on what
you want the car to do.......will be in the
$500.00 range .....if you do replace them...
change the strut bearings and mounts also...

I am not a mechanic.........I'm just passing
on information that I have acquired during
my own past experience ........dealing with
parts stores and "make a big commission
service managers".......hope this helps you

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Sway bar should have no movement. If you have aluminum A-arms, you can get rebuilt ones at a reasonable price. I did it last year.

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