So I'm underneath the SSEi yesterday doing an oil change (Good news: it'* been less than 3,000 miles since the last one; Bad news: it'* been a year almost to the day since the last one. Hey, I've been busy, the cobbler'* sons go barefoot and the psychiatrist'* wife is crazy, etc.
So I figured now would be a great time to try and track down the heavy banging noise I've been getting from the front left wheel. I originally figured it was just a bad strut, and it does gurgle if I bounce the car, but the banging noise was coming from lower down. I couldn't find anything wrong using jack stands (letting the front wheels dangle), but finally I put the front wheels on ramps so the suspension was compressed to regular height, and bingo: The link bolts at both ends of the anti-sway bar are loose. I mean really loose: I can turn both of them with my fingers because the bushings are completely uncompressed and the bolts are just banging around in the holes.
All the bushings are _there_ and seem to be intact; it'* just that the nuts on the upper end of the bolts have apparently backed off. Anybody seen this happen before? It looks all factory-original (kind of a yellowish urethane bushing, right?) and the nut on both of them looks to be rusted up solid after ten years; I couldn't turn the nut on the bolt at all, but at the same time I couldn't get a good enough angle on it to just shear it through and bolt in the replacements myself.
I guess they need to come apart anyway when the struts are replaced, right? Might as well spring for new ones at that time. What else am I going to get surprised with while replacing struts? I'd like to buy all the necessary parts myself, then have the local shop put them in for me.