I had time yesterday to go out and jack it up without snow and rain. Everything seems nice and tight.ShipFixer wrote:With the front wheel jacked up, grab it at 3 and 9 o'clock and try to wiggle. If it clicks or moves its probably tie rods. Grab at 6 and 12, if there's clicking there it's a ball joint (the thing at the top or bottom that you circled and asked about).
Both cases could also be a wheel hub bearing.
There's one usual suspect if there's no play in the ball joints or tie rods though: the front body mounts or frame isolators wear down and make all sorts of noises. Mine sounds an awful lot like a failed ball joint going slow over speed bumps right now. Bet that's it if you don't feel anythijg driving or see any play...