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Sway bar bushing and links

On my 02 grand caravan sway bar bushings and links are bad . What kind of problem will happen if not fixed right away ?

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It will allow extra sway which will alter your handling in the near future and in time will do damage to the rest of the suspension.

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Safety says i need sway bar bushings.what and where are these?

the sway bar is a bar that runs acrossed the front of the van from strut to strut. It is bolted to the cradel and then has links that run from the bar to the strut to increase stability. The sway bar bushings are rubber mounts that hold the bar down to the cradel. The bar runs though the mounts one each side where the bar and the cradel meet. If they are wore out you will normally hear a clucking noise from the front end when you hit bumps. To remove and replace them there is two bolts that hold a steel cap on top of them on each side. Remove the cap from both sides then the rubber mounts will have a split in them so you can get them off the bar. To install them is just the reverse of the removal. Good luck! 4 thumbs up is appeciated if this helps.

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I have a 2001 dodge grand caravan sport with a cronic front end noise! I recently replaced the front sway bar links due to noise while traveling over bumps,the noise went away for a while now it is back.I...

I replaced both sway bar links as well as the bushings this past summer and things are still quiet. I had the same clunking noise as well when going over bumps (Drives you crazy!). Did you try changing the bushings as well? They are $16 for a set of Moog bushing at O'Reilly's.

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Front sway bar link kit, what is the order of installation. all my bushings are rotted away.

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I just replaced the tortionbar rod to the shock tower. The oise still exists like a bad ball joint or a wheel bearing when I hit a small bump. Can the rack steering system make a bad noise?

These vans are notorious for this noise. You are on the right track so far.
But not only do the sway/stabilizer links (what you replaced) wear out easily but also the rubber bushings where the sway bar is attached to the frame.
You will need to jack up and safely support the front end. Follow the bar until you see the brackets that hold the bar to the body/subframe. Look to see if the bar has been moving inside the bushing.
Sometimes it's hard to tell when its lifted in the air as it puts a little twist in the bar.
Often you can easily repair these tightening them up by adding a strip or two of a rubber inner tube. Actually I believe it is a better repair than new bushings in some cases because the bar can wear smaller too. Cheap fix, just a little time to loosen the bolts add the rubber strips, tighten the bolts and no more noise.

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How big a job to replace a sway bar?

Jack up the front end and support on jack-stands on both sides. Remove both wheels for easier access to the links. Replace any rubber parts that are in bad condition. There are only two rubber bushings that hold the bar itself. Note the position of the split side of the bushings when removing and replace in the same orientation. The job is not so big, just dirty.

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Replacing parts for 2003 dodge caravan

these have lots of comon problem ie suspenion you have sway bar end link and sway bar bushing problems and the odd ball joint. engine 3.8L head gaskets, water pumps, coolant tubes rotting out, and poor radiators, trans problems lots too many to list. power window problems with switches and motors and window regulators. sory about all the bad news but if its really cheap buy it up. don't forget the cars market for private sales is really good if you are looking to buy right now. a van with 350-400km i wouldn't pay more than $1000 for it cert and etested.good luck

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you must replace and lube the front sway bar bushings,chrysler service bulletin calls it a squak, but can sound like a rubbing, a clunk etc the common factor is this is really noticeable the colder it gets outside

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I`ve had the same problem with my Grand Voyager and the Guest above is correct, it is the sway bar BUT you`d think that it was the bushes, in my case, it was the brackets that encapsulate the bushes over the sway bar. Chrysler in thier infinate wisdom and reducing costs have fitted these brackets with only one nut and bolt at the bottom, the top section of the bracket is just a tongue that wedges the bracket into a lip. If you remove the bracket, you`ll probably see that the tongue is shiny where it`s been wearing away. Replace these two brackets and I think you`ll find you`ve now got a very quiet ride again like these vehicles should be. Ian

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