Series 1 owners, check your sway bar end links
This is just a heads-up for Series 1 owners to check your sway bar end link bushings.
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a rattling noise coming from the front left wheel area on my '92 SSE (supercharged). The noise only occurred when the brake wasn't applied, so I assumed that something was loose around the rotor. I took a look last weekend and found that 2 of the front left sway bar end link bushings were completely gone! I don't mean that they were old and damaged, I mean they were nowhere to be found! The end link bolt was flopping around and that'* what was making the rattling noise.
I then looked at the front right side, and some of those bushings were split and ready to fall off, too.
So I went to AutoZone and bought the Energy Suspension bushing kit (9.8105RC) for $10. I didn't buy the 9.8120RC kit because the bolts didn't look quite long enough and the inner sleeve was longer than the original sleeve. My original bolts and washers and sleeves weren't rusted or otherwise damaged, so I reused them but installed the new polyurethane bushings. Installation took about 15 minutes on each, and I'd never done this job before.
I took a look at the front sway bar end links on my '93 SSEi, and some of them are cracked and ready to fall off too, so I'll take care of them this week.
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