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Finally got around to taking apart my front end. My front end has been rattling like crazy even at low speeds over the smallest of bumps.
Since I was taking apart the sway links anyways, I went ahead and swapped out the bushings with energy suspension polyurethanes for the end links and 36mm bushings for the bar itself. Took about 3.5-4 hrs to get everything done, some rust issues, and a sheared off upper link (see pics). Happy to say the front end is quiet as can be now. Handles btter now too that my sway bar is no longer essentially disconnected. Apart from the really bad one in the pic, the passenger side had over 3/8" of play in it.
Apparently this is the result of what I'm assuming is OEM sway links with 170k on them:
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Last edited by boosted-fc3s; 03-10-2012 at 10:42 PM..
I had a knock in my front end too for about a month just recently and i thought sure it was an axle issue since i had just had them changed. Low and behold, it turned out to be a broken sway bar link just like yours. Simple fix that makes a world of difference.
Dang it, I thought this thread was gonna help me figure out my rattling noise, but I took my sway bar off over a year ago and still a bunch of rattles, especially at slow speeds. I've been under that truck so many times with a rubber mallet and still have no idea.
I agree, the price that the local part stores wanted for the sway bar end links was ridiculous.
This is an old thread but sounds like the problems I'm having. Did you ever get this resolved? My issue is worse during the cold months (which you don't have a problem with). I'd like to have an idea of any solution before I have this checked out.
There's so many threads about the front end rattle and so many different solutions. In this thread it was the sway bar end links. I've read threads about the rattle being from a slightly loose frame bolt, worn shock bushings, I think I read one somewhere where a rattle went away after a new steering rack was installed.