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Old 08-24-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Question regarding sway bar bushings

I just installed new Meyle HD control arms and tie rods this past weekend hoping to get rid of all the rattling when driving over uneven roads at slow speeds. While I definitely needed to replace these, I'm still getting some rattling noise. Nowhere near as bad as before but it's there I'm pretty sure it's the sway bar bushings as I now have 126k on the car and pretty sure these are the originals BTW my car is a '02 325 Touring. Did some searching and replacing the bushings seems easy, but there's still something I'm not clear on. The bushing has a hole in the center to fit around the sway bar I'm guessing. But does the bushing have a split in it so you can just push it on to the sway bar or do I have to actually remove the sway bar and slide the bushings through the end? Looking at pictures of the bushings it's hard to determine if there is a split
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Pay very close attention to the end links, typically this is where your noise comes from.


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When I first started hearing the noise this is where I thought it was coming from. The sway bar links are only about a year old since I got them with my suspension kit. I tried shaking by hand which I know isn't gonna give much results. And then I tried a long screwdriver but didn't really have a good pivot point. I'm gonna replace the swaybar bushings first since I already freshened up the other stuff. If that doesn't work then I'll look into the end links again
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When I first started hearing the noise this is where I thought it was coming from. The sway bar links are only about a year old since I got them with my suspension kit. I tried shaking by hand which I know isn't gonna give much results. And then I tried a long screwdriver but didn't really have a good pivot point. I'm gonna replace the swaybar bushings first since I already freshened up the other stuff. If that doesn't work then I'll look into the end links again
Even if you're going to replace the bushings, you might want to put a wrench on the end links and be sure they're tightened regardless. The fact that they're new makes it even more likely that the bolts have loosened up somewhat. I've had end links that make zero noise when hand-testing the them, but still had a bit of room to torque them down... Sound eliminated.
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Even if you're going to replace the bushings, you might want to put a wrench on the end links and be sure they're tightened regardless. The fact that they're new makes it even more likely that the bolts have loosened up somewhat. I've had end links that make zero noise when hand-testing the them, but still had a bit of room to torque them down... Sound eliminated.
That makes a lot of sense. Thank you. I'll be sure to do this
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