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Old 11-04-2004, 07:43 PM   #1
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Damemorder, Jason, or anyone who knows, what are the part #'* for the sway bar bushings? I am getting some really annoying noises from the car and believe it to be either this or strut mounts. The struts are fine (as one could wish from 171k old struts) as there is not really giving much in the rear when I try to bounce it. The noise is mostly coming from the rear, and I feel it in the seat, in the steering wheel there is very minimal vibration. Had the wheels balanced to no avail.
It makes the noise (and I feel it) with every small bump or crack in the road. No bouncing or sloshy feeling -just the clunking.
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Stupid question, are ALL your grease fittings full? Mine are empty, and the car makes noise when hitting a large pot hole or something. I know it is them, because like you said "I can feel it in the seat, and steering wheel." I don't have a grease gun, so I can't test this theory being the problem, and my car isn't exactly driveable..


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Nope. not in the steering wheel. What I feel in the steering wheel is mostly the front wheels needing to be balanced and aligned -the car pulls to the right somewhat.
I'm also looking at doing the ball joints as I can get them fairly cheap ($10 apiece for TRW'*).
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Martin, at 170k, your rear struts have to be goners. What you describe is very similar to the struts being dead. Remember, they may be ELC or CCR, but they're still gas also.
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The struts in my 1999 were goners (dang close when I sold it at 163k). It rode far worse than this. It'* mostly noise, but felt slightly.
My cousin and I tried bouncing the car on Sunday, and there was only 1 real bounce of 2-3" (approx) after we let off and it maybe did a 1 ich bounce on the second bounce. His 91k Riviera'* rear end bounces A LOT more than my SSE, yet, his doesn't have the noise. My brother'* LSS has new rear struts and that is only slightly stiffer with the Monroe'* (don't know which model).
On my old 1994 SLE with 213k on the car and the struts were the same struts that were on it when the previous owner bought it at 3x,xxx miles, so possibly the originals, road smoother than the new Monroes in my brothers LSS.
My SSE is out of New Jersey (was originally bought by a sales person for Loreal), so I'm betting the miles are 90% highway. It rides smooth, but with just this clunking noise which can be felt slightly.
Also, when I go over larger bumps or pot holes the car doesn't react like it has bad stuts. I looked around the struts and there is some grease, but hardly any more than is on the 3k (all highway) old struts in the LSS.
Not trying to disagree entirely, just explaining what I'm experiencing (which I'm not doing a very good job of).
Anyhow, what I feel is only felt at the same instant as the noise. The ride is smooth, and without interuption besides the clunking, which can't be duplicated by bouncing the car by hand.
I'm going to put it up on a hoist this weekend and go after the dzurik fitting with the grease gun to see if that helps at all.
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Same here. I don't know how it got here but it did. BTW- is you're brother'* LSS */C'd? I'm painting mine black come spring.
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BTW- is you're brother'* LSS */C'd? I'm painting mine black come spring.
Nope, just a L36.
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If it'* clunking, you're endlinks would almost have to be 100% gone. Pull a wheel and check them... If they were gone you'd have HUGE body roll.

I'd bet struts,/strut mounts, or bearings/hub right now. Just go in there, and wiggle everything, and make sure it'* all torqued
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I called all the parts stores around here and no one sells Polyurethane end links. The closest place that has them on hand is over 50 miles away. I ended up just getting MOOG endlinks from Auto Value, but for the price I can just order some poly'* and put them on in the spring.
For right now I am trying to find a short 13MM socket for the 3/8 swivel head Craftsmen. I got my 13MM wrench on the top, but need the shallow 13mm socket to get at the bottom.
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Hey i'll be up in the cities tonight... Only what 3 hours away?

Working on brakes, interior stuff, etc...
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