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Hi,

A couple years ago a mechanic told me I should replace my bushings and/or the link sways (I can't remember what as I just ignored his recommendation). Anyhow, a couple yrs later only on very low speeds I am noticing some noise from my rear end (And it isn't from fibre). Anyhow, how do I know if my bushings or sways need replacing?

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Here are some videos on how to check them. Basically, you are checking for any play at the end links, and to see if the bushings are out of round (gaps around the sway bar). Both are cheap and easy to replace if you do it yourself. I bought my OEM parts online and everything cost me $30 including shipping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKT1wkeQJpk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKT1wkeQJpk

The 'how to' videos are on youtube as well.
 

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It's very difficult to feel play in the sway bar end links. The OE ones are not lubricated, with plastic "bearings" inside, so even just a little play can make a CLUNK or KNOCK.



About two years ago I started getting some knocking in my front links. Promptly ordered new ones. But just for the heckuvit, I tried injecting grease into the boots of the old ones with a needle attachment for my grease gun.

Lo and behold, there is no more knocking, the new parts are just sitting on my shelf still. I give them a shot of grease every oil change (about every 7 - 10 months).


The bushings on the horizontal part of the bar are another thing. Like crvee said, if there are gaps on the edges they are probably not gripping the sway bar and causing a CREAK or KNOCK as the bar slips. Just replace 'em. No lubrication.
 
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