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Old 07-16-2019, 11:04 AM   #1
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I replaced both ball joints and control arms in front of 02 l300. I am still hearing considerable clunking and rattling in front and rear. Can anyone tell me what I should start with. Quick strut assembly is a must along with a new stabilizer bar for both sides. Would that fix the front end? Then I need answers for the rear. Thank you

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Old 07-16-2019, 12:02 PM   #2
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I replaced both ball joints and control arms in front of 02 l300.
Why didn't you state this in the post regarding "Very loose steering?" Tyson, your steering problem and what you're discussing here are to some degree related. Avoid creating too many thread over related problems, it's not helpful.

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I am still hearing considerable clunking and rattling in front and rear. Can anyone tell me what I should start with. Quick strut assembly is a must along with a new stabilizer bar for both sides.
There is only ONE stabilizer bar, not a separate bar for each side. Do you mean the stabilizer links? Another member's recent experience with quick struts should be considered. He found them unsatisfactory as they pushed the car's height higher than it was prior to their installation.

I've never had unusual front or rear axle suspension noises on my car. Were the control arms installed correctly, tightened to factory torque specs, and with new bushings?

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Then I need answers for the rear. Thank you
Have you examined the rear axle suspension? Look closely at the two bushings connecting the upper and lower rear control arms to the knuckle directly behind each rear wheel's brake backing. Some members have complained of clunking noises coming from this area and ending after the bushings had been replaced. These bushings are not traditional solid rubber parts. They are fluid filled and eventually burst and they then partially expose the steel shaft on the inside.

Where should you start to correct the clunking noises, front or rear? Take your pick. What matters most is an accurate diagnosis after examining all of the suspension components.

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I have the same problem Tyson. I can't find it either. Everythings tight, including new strut mounts.

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On level ground, crawl under and try shaking the rear torsion bar. The outboard rubber isolation bushings may have hardened and shrunk, allowing the bar to rattle.

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On level ground, crawl under and try shaking the rear torsion bar. The outboard rubber isolation bushings may have hardened and shrunk, allowing the bar to rattle.
Hmm...a rear torsion bar? I've not heard of those on the L-Series, but I could be misunderstanding things. Do you mean trailing arms (as they do mount longitudinally like a torsion bar would) or the sway bar?"

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