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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Front Sway Bar Links....

Is there something I'm missing with these **** things?



I've purchased two Mevotech links. The passenger side went on ok. Drivers side, still getting a clunk out of it. It's **** annoying. I had replaced the struts and sway bar links. But for some reason still getting a clunk from the left front. I ordered a MOOG part this morning. This better fix it.



Anyone else have any issues with sway bar links making a clunking sound after replacement?


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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 10:37 AM
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clunk or metallic thunk?


Slow speeds only?


On my Traverse, I had a metallic thunk.- I could hear it at slow speeds. Im sure it was there at fast speeds too.


Anyways, I Started replacing parts as mileage increased. 140,000+
Sway bar bushings, sway bar endlinks, control arm bushings, and the noise was still there.
Finally came time to replace the lower control arm (to replace the rear bushing and ball joints).
I also was going to replace the struts. Thy only had 45,000 miles on them (replaced at 100K)but the jounce bumper was loose on the strut rod- and the manufacturer sent me new replacement struts.
Well, when I did the swap in parts- I found where the thunk was coming from


It was the strut COIL hitting the upper mount. The rubber gasket had moved/worn through allowing the metal to metal contact on 2 parts of the coil. right hand side- and the left-- where its pink.
So every time I hit a bump or something -imagine the coil hitting.



3rd pic is what the new one looks like.


Im wondering if you have the same issues?











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I'll look. They're both brand new. Can't imagine that's the problem but stranger things have happened.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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I just installed a MOOG left side sway bar link. The grease fittings will tell you which way is up or down since it isn't marked. Installed it, greased it up, took it for a ride and now there are no more dead bodies rattling around in the front end. Moral of the story, buy higher end quality parts. Don't be a dumbass like me.
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Noise is back. Argh......going to be changing the calipers, front rotors and the fluid either this weekend or next weekend. I might take the wheels off and check the sway bar links. Sick of this.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-27-2019, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Nope...ball joint. Time to change the arm.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-07-2019, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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So over the weekend I changed the 4 calipers (new, not reman Raybestos), new front rotors, full brake fluid flush and a new lower left control arm. Good times.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-07-2019, 09:28 AM
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I just did a "clunk" issue on a friends Terrain ( 2011)

changed links first , still had noise , changed lower control arms , all good .

ball joints dry hence "rubbing or clunk " noise ?
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thanks for the pics MrGTO.
Im always mesmerized at the rust that gets to cars in other states.



I recently also did the suspension on my 2010 Traverse.
Chasing down a metallic sound at slow speeds.

I was at 145,000 or so.
I changed out

sway bar endlinks
sway bar bushings
Front control arm bushing
Rear control arm bushing
ball joint (with control arm)
Outer tie rod ends.
Struts (ready struts)


The noise was coming from the strut- a rubber piece wore out- and the coil spring was tapping the upper metal piece when hitting small bumps-- thus the metallic sound.
Gabriel did replace the struts under their lifetime warranty.


But for 145K-- the ball joints where still in OK condition.
But being in California- No rust.
A little bit of Simple Green to wipe down the area- and its good as new!


the old and new control arm










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Joys of road salt. My sway bar links are making noise again so I'm going to just replace both sides with GM units.
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