BTW, do not jack up the lower control arm, as you will put a load on the ball joint so you can't feel for play. Jack it up by the subframe. The rears must be jacked up by the lower control arms, since the spring rests on the lower control arm instead of the upper area which is the strut. Jacking it up relieves the load, and then you can feel for play.
Make sure you verify that it is a ball-joint or possibly a loose strut, and make sure that its the inner or the outer tie rod ends.
Have you considered that it could be the upper strut mounts that are badly rubbing? Maybe making the noise too? Have someone put their ear near the wheel well while you turn?
Anyways, good luck diagnosing your suspension and steering issues. Hopefully it won't be a back rack. They're a pain to replace! Dad did it on his 85 Citation, lol.
2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD 2.4
1993 Buick Park Avenue 3800
1984 Chevrolet Citation 2.5 liter four.