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Saturn truck rear end sways going over bumps. I have replaced the struts and sway bar links.

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Check with dealer for recalls vue had problems with rear sway
check axle bearings

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While it is possible the struts or the upper strut mounts are causing the noise, the far more common, and much cheaper problem, is the sway bar links.
To check them properly a drive on hoist is best as it keeps the sway links at the cars normal ride height.
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Also where the sway bar is attached to the body there are rubber bushings that wear and allow the bar to wiggle inside and clunk there too, especially in cooler weather when the rubber gets hard.

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