I had my control arms replaced a few weeks ago. When I got my car back it did not feel right exactly, I thought that the ride was so bad before with worn arms that I never knew my motor mounts were weak, I also noticed a the transmission jerking.
I ordered new v6 mounts for my 20v and bought everything for a trans flid and filter swap, as well as D4 Redline. After that, I started getting a chirping like noise. I have been too busy with the last weeks of school, but today the noise was just too much so I got under the car, and found a few surprises.
First off, I noticed that the small bracket that attaches to the trans for my TT downpipe was broken at the pipe, by moving it a little I easily determined that the scratching was the chirping bird like noise I have been looking for.
Then after that I was looking around, i noticed my subframe bolts (the same ones that you would attack a DTS bar to), were completely loose, maybe 2 or 3 threads from falling out on both sides. I dont want to blame the mechanic, but do shops loosen those to do the control arms? I also am positive that the extra movement broke off my bracket from the downpipe. Basically thats all I want taken car of if the shop did loosen those, check them over and realign if necessary, and weld that bracket back on. The symptoms convinced me to do all this other work, but at 107 K I wanted to do mounts and fluid flush anyways.