Hi all. my 63 has developed squeaks and creaks recently. I took a look at the ball joints and associated rubber parts, and they do look a bit worn. I have replaced shocks in last year or so. When I bounce the front ends, you can hear the squeak and "feel" the squeak when you put your hand on the upper control arm. I put some oil on them to try and settle it down for temporary relief. I feel like Uncle Buck riding around with the squeek at stop lights!! the prior owners that had the car since orig purchase kept meticulous records and I cant find any efforts to replace them. That would mean they have 175k miles on them.
So I was wondering if it would be wise to replace the control arms with the newer configurations or just replace the ball joints and associated rubbers. Would the newer engineered arms be worth it ride wise? and if so, is any cutting or refitting required. and further, is there any kit that anyone could recommend??
Take the car to a local auto shop of your choice
They will be happy to inspect the front end and tell you what you may be needing as they hope to do the work for you
That will give you an idea what you need and the cost for the shop to do the job
Will need the car front end realigned after the parts needed are replaced
This is not a job I myself would be wanting to do or can do
Have the front end greased by a shop that installs grease with a pressure machine ( not the hand pump kind )
That could solve the problem if you have not had your Cadillac front end greased on schedule
These cars SB greased every 6,000 miles (. When a tune up is required ) and often overlooked
That could be your problem and solve it but not sure until you do that
Do that first