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2002 grand caravan, excessive ratteling noise in front suspension, just replaced struts and upper bearing plates and sway bar links and it actually got worse. now what?

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  • fjohn1 Feb 07, 2009

    i have excessive rattling noise front the front suspension and suspect the shock absorbers can you help. thank you

    fred

  • artg55 Feb 12, 2009

    I have the same problem. Change the two harms at the end of the stabilizer. good luck.

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I had the same problem. I changed the two arms on the equalizer bar. good luck.

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