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Rattle/clunk front end of a 2001 grand caravan

I have a rattle/clunk in the front end of my 01 grand caravan, when driving on rough roads. you can feel it on the floorboards with your feet. I replaced the front struts and had a wheel alignment done and the tire shop that did the alignment said everthing for the steering was good. Any info would be a great help.

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Front stabilizer/sway bar bushings sound worn. I had same, on my 91'. Felt like someone was thumping the floor under my feet sometimes. I managed to get away with spinning the outer ones at control arms, but replaced ones in middle at frame.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 24, 2009

    forgot to mention, if your doing the repair yourself, measure diameter of bar before you go for parts, they have 2 different sizes. I didn't and it cost me 2 trips. 1-1/8" bar, or 1-1/16". yes it will make a difference.

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