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Old 09-24-2010, 04:39 AM   #1
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My driver'* side bushings just spin around by hand. Obviosuly this is a problem...

About 20 minutes ago I was driving down a road and heard a thump. The rest of the way, every now and then, I kept hearing a faint noise, almost like something brushing against the car or road(best way to describe it, sorry). Checked and the bushing is the only thing I can see at 2 am by moonlight.

Could it be the bushing, or just me hitting something and maybe dragging it/just making up a noise?

Sorry to be so scattered and rambling, just a little freaked at 2 am lol.
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It'* possible that could be the culprit. Those sway bars are under a lot of pressure and the bushings keep it from rattling.

When it gets daylight, go out and inspect everything else, then get back to us.
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Everything looks fine, but that bushing definitely just spins around. Can't really hear anything now driving.

Safe to drive around today/tomorrow(meeting tomorrow...about a 90 mile round trip..)?
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The circled piece isn't the sway bushing is it? It'* a sway end link or something of that nature?
That'* the thing I'm talking about. However, it'* that whole cylinder that spins around.
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The circled piece isn't the sway bushing is it? It'* a sway end link or something of that nature?
That'* the thing I'm talking about. However, it'* that whole cylinder that spins around.
That thing looks way too loose. try tightening the nut at one end.
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I'll try tightening it tomorrow. Like I said...the whole cylinder and all the round pieces freely spin. :(
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That would probably be the noise maker. Throw a couple wrenches on it and snug her down.
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What do I tighten? Sorry for the dumb question...do I tighten the nut at the top of the picture? (Right above red circle) or something somewhere else?
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Sorry to post so much. There should be a bolt on top of that nut shouldn't there?!
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Not a bolt, you know what I mean. A nut, damnit. Too little sleep lately. Anyway, there should be a nut on top of that flat nut, shouldn't there?
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