2006 Azera - Identifying and Eliminating Suspension Noises


lothian
06-10-2016, 11:32 AM
2006 Azera Limited; 221k miles

I'm a new owner of an old Azera. It's become apparent I'll soon be busting my knuckles ferreting out suspension noises. I gather from perusing various forums that suspension noise is a common complaint with the Azera.

In my particular case, the car makes two distinct noises which seem to come from front right corner. I hear "clicking" when driven over minor road imperfections, and "scrunching" when driven over speed bumps. It's likely two (or more) disparate parts have failed.

I notice significant cracks in both sides of the bushing located in the lower control arm (54501-3L000) where the shock absorber mounting fork (54682-3K000) bolts. I'll replace this bushing then determine if doing so remedies the clicking noise at this corner. If replacing this bushing fixes the "clicking" noise, I'll replace its counterpart at the other corner, then move on to identify the scrunching sound.

My problem is, I cannot find a part number for this bushing! ...nor can I find a procedure to replace it. I presume it's just a matter of digging out the old bushing and press-fitting (with soap) the new bushing in its place. Surprisingly, the '06 Azera service manual does provide any guidance, so already I am stymied... a bad omen. Must the entire lower control arm be replaced when one of it's three bushings fail?

Anyone have experience with this sort of repair? I need the part number for this bushing and tips/tricks for installing it into the lower control arm.

lowsonoma1999
07-09-2016, 12:19 PM
That bushing it not sold separately from the control arm. At least not in the US market.

lothian
11-30-2017, 07:49 AM
That bushing [is] not sold separately from the control arm. At least not in the US market.

You are correct that Hyundai does not sell it as an independent part. However, Febest stocks this part (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DM9R216/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

I'm not crazy about using a non-OEM part at this location. But I'm much less excited about paying $$$ for an entire lower control arm (LCA). I bought a used OEM LCA for $25, replaced both bushings and ball joint with new, and reinstalled. For all that effort, the crappy suspension on this Azera is none the better.

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