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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Clunking from suspension

I've noticed a clunkingish vibration that I can feel while gripping the steering wheel and with foot on brake pedal while driving. It can be felt even with a "smooth" road. I can somewhat recreate it when the car is stationary and and I jerk the steering wheel back and forth. So I do believe whatever it is is coming from front drivers side. The shocks and struts are new with 18'000 miles on them.


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Check the bolts on the struts. Typically the end link comes loose from the sway bar, but could be other things too.


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Might be intermediate shaft U-joint starting to go.

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Could it be a control arm bushing? I heard those are a problem with Balts.


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I crawled underneath, tried to wiggle things, and take photos. All photos are numbered so please identify the photo number and what the part is when replying. I did use a floor jack to jack up the control arm to relieve extension and tension on some suspension parts.

The ONLY thing I could get to wiggle a little bit was the part identified in photo #1.

I also couldn't get a great photo of the control arm bushing. Didn't think it would be that hard to get to!











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Grease nipples on swaybar endlinks is for grease gun. Yours haven't seen one in a long time.

Now if you look at your last picture you will see a big gap between your swaybar and the bushing. Now that is a clunk-clunk if I ever saw one.



---------- Post added at 08:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:50 PM ----------

But these won't make noise at a stop. So you might have 2 problems. Axle movement is normal by the way.

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Hmmm so I'm thinking maybe it's that gap you mentioned and maybe my control arm bushing is bad. I couldn't get a good look at it but everything else seemed fine. For the sway bar gap, what do you suggest is the cause and fix?


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New swaybar saddle bushings. I did mine, it takes 30 minutes.

Your control ARM bushings look ok in the picture.

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What tools are needed?


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---------- Post added at 10:34 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:25 AM ----------

I've never done suspension and steering work myself so I'd really appreciate it if someone knew of a Tutoroial for sway bar saddle bushings.


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