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Old 06-15-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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I developed a rattle at the driver's side rear wheel. After getting the wife to wiggle the car while I laid under it I was able to determine the rattle (metal on metal sound) is coming from a 5 to 6 inch long piece of metal with a bolt on each end similar to mini ball joints. They have little rubber washers on them. The top part of this piece of metal is attached to a brace at the end of the shock/strut. The bottom piece of metal is attached to a metal rod that sweeps towards the front of the car. This contraption is located just front of the rear brake drums. What exactly is it called and is it shot or can I repair it somehow. It's the bottom part that is attached to the sweeping rod that is rattling. Can they be greased somehow or does it need replaced? Should I replace both of them right away?

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Sway Bar Link. Replace them in pairs. The Moog replacements are now greaseable, and I've had good luck with them over the OEM ones. Not a huge deal, they could break right off the car and you'd hardly notice. Expect to spend about $40 on parts and an hour or so to replace them both.
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Sway Bar Link. Replace them in pairs. The Moog replacements are now greaseable, and I've had good luck with them over the OEM ones. Not a huge deal, they could break right off the car and you'd hardly notice. Expect to spend about $40 on parts and an hour or so to replace them both.
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Bah. Cut the nuts off the old ones and save a heap of time. Or, heat them up enough to melt the nylon in the end of them so they will come off a little easier. There is a flat on the factory link on the opposite side of the nut that is 15mm to keep the link from spinning while trying to remove it. I find heating the nuts up to be the easiest way to get them off.
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I did use PB Blaster to take the bottom one off and it was still a little bit of a PITA. I remember one nut being 15mm and the other one was 14mm. I might try the melting the plastic trick when I replace them. Thanks a lot for the information....I hate rattles.
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