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So lately our car has been making a loud popping when turning right as well as when stopping fast. I have been telling my boyfriend for months now that something is wrong with the car. He shrugs it off cuz I'm a chick and don't know what I am talking about. He doesn't act as if it's anything major although I feel differently. I have taken pictures and would like if someone could help me identify a few things.



The first 2 images are from drivers side underneath car by tire. Something is clearly missing. Assume it's som kind of mount? What is supposed to be there? Passenger side is 3rd pic and it has something mounted to it. Does anyone know what part this is, what is missing, and possibly even what may have caused this? Also the one on drivers side appears to me as tho it hangs lower to ground. I say this because I always noticed before even getting pics. Don't notice anything hanging low on other side.

Please help.




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What kind of car? This on the rear, I assume? The first picture shows a couple problems. There is a loose bolt that is allowing the section pictured to droop considerably. I've circled it in this picture. it should be tightened so that the bushing is tight. This will bring the other bushing where it's supposed to be as well and should get rid of the clunking noise.



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It's a 1996 olds 88. No these pics are on front end. The top 2 are from drivers side and the bottom one is from passenger side. Same exact part only passenger side has everything there. Just different angle I guess. The picture where u circled has a black ring where the bottom of circle is. That ring (whatever it is) is broken in 2 as well.

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Ok, the exhaust and where what looks to be the sway bar are threw me a bit. If you compare where I circled to the other side, you can see how far away from the body the bushing cup is and that you can see the exposed bolt there. I'd be replacing the bushings and that bolt (on both sides), which will bring the subframe that hangs down back up to where it belongs. But there's definitely something wrong that you can easily see, so your boyfriend is wrong. ;)


BTW, that's the engine cradle/subframe that's hanging down and that bolt goes to. If you leave it like that, the engine could fall out of the car from the bottom, so I'd get it fixed ASAP:








Here's the bushing kit:




to be honest, it looks like you might need the whole subframe, as there is considerable rust and rot there.

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