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Replace sway bar link bushings-these are the usual suspect-cheers Denny
Posted on Nov 28, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
in case you havent figured it out, or for the next person that needs help. . .
i needed to replace my rear window struts.
i stuck a flathead screw driver in each of the metal clips at each end of the strut and pryed them loose. the struts popped right off the mounts. i also unscrewed the rear speaker panel so i could remove the wire connecting the strut to the car (rear defroster?) and remove completely. i wanted to take the whole unit to the autoparts store and compare it to the new strut. when buying replacements, i noticed the new struts did not come with the electrical housing on the upper end, just a male thread. i was stumped because i couldnt get the housing off of the old strut . . .i didnt want to damage it trying.
i finally i got the nerve. all it took was a pair of channel locks (pliers). grip the rod tight enough to unscrew the housing from the rod. after breaking loose, it should come right off easily.
i realized after that i didnt need to open the speaker panel and disconnect the wire. i probably could have just unhooked the strut and unscrewed the housing (while the wire remained connected to the van), screwed the new strut back into the housing, and reattached the strut to the van.
installation is the opposite of removal. i also read on a few sites that its a good idea to replace them both at the same time.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
Cheap and easy fix, just replace the rubber bushings under the back where the sway bar is held to the chassis. The rubber gets worn and hard and allows the bar to rattle when going over bumps.
Posted on Dec 30, 2010
Does the noise sound like a clunking sound? Very common problem on this year Tribute is worn sway bar link ball joints. To check this out you need to get under the vehicle and locate the front sway bar. It is connected on both sides to the strut with a long metal shaft and tiny little ball joints on either end where it connects to the strut and to the sway bar. Grab ahold of the sway bar end near where this link is attached and try to move the sway bar up and down. It should be very solid with no give at all. If you feel and/or hear a light clunking noise at either end the little ball joint on that side is failing and needs replaced. The ball joint will come with the entire like as an assembly and is easily replaced. Do however make sure that the nut that attaches link at either end has not come loose and is causing the noise before condeming the ball joint.
Posted on May 25, 2011
Testimonial: "Hi I have checked the ball joints today and they are good. There is zero movement. Any other sugestions."
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