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izmas 01-31-2013 12:38 PM

Front Suspension Noise - Sway bar bushings?
 
Hi,

I have noise coming from the front suspension. It usually happens when I go over small bumps or slight turns at low speeds. Lately it has been getting worse. I'm assuming it is the sway bar bushings that need to be replaced after some research.

So I looked under the car and took some photos. Can anyone tell me if this can be the source of the problem. Thank you in advance.

http://i.imgur.com/630ji4a.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/cddTsE5.jpg

Sway bar bushings how-to in case someone needs it and finds my post:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=27164

zetecDon 01-31-2013 06:54 PM

Moved to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension".

my_beautious_ZX3 02-01-2013 11:12 AM

nice job on the pics.

You're referring to some sort of kinetic sound (like clunking) and you've ruled-out the usual suspects (strut top bearing plate and endlinks)?

izmas 02-01-2013 11:29 AM

Hi thanks for the reply. I haven't ruled anything out yet. Sounds like I should replace both of those first.

my_beautious_ZX3 02-01-2013 11:43 AM

A quick test for worn endlinks is to remove them and then drive on a straight road where you've heard the noise before. Of course, since that effectively deletes the swaybar too, it won't allow you to distinguish between the two components as your noise source, but if I had to choose between them, I would imagine that underbody corrosion on a 9-year old Focus would make endlinks easier to replace than swaybar bushings.

izmas 02-01-2013 12:01 PM

Sorry for the noob question, the pictures that I posted are of sway bar bushings? I'm not too familiar with the suspension. Are there pictures of the endlinks anywhere that you know of. Thanks again for your help.

Quote:

Originally Posted by my_beautious_ZX3 (Post 4568040)
A quick test for worn endlinks is to remove them and then drive on a straight road where you've heard the noise before. Of course, since that effectively deletes the swaybar too, it won't allow you to distinguish between the two components as your noise source, but if I had to choose between them, I would imagine that underbody corrosion on a 9-year old Focus would make endlinks easier to replace than swaybar bushings.


my_beautious_ZX3 02-01-2013 12:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by my_beautious_ZX3 (Post 4568040)
I would imagine that underbody corrosion on a 9-year old Focus

oops - I misread your profile along the left, I thought it said you had a 2004 Focus, but that's your join year.

Anyway, yes - those are your swaybar bushings. If you remove a front tire, the endlink is the skinny, vertical, metal rod with a small balljoint on top & bottom that's staring you in the face. Here's a link that shows a photo: http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...21%7CL2*15012# (if that link doesn't work, then type DW-K80066 in the search box there) You can grab yours and feel for excessive play, but it still could be worn even if you don't feel anything with your hands.

That link is just for FYI, I don't know how that brand is. I bought an aftermarket brand that was more feeble looking than the factory part and they started making noise pretty quickly, so keep that in mind when choosing between Ford and 3rd-party component.

Also, like I said above, if you remove the endlinks, then the swaybar is effectively deleted from the system, so your car will lean more in corners and feel different, so don't go hot-rodding it!

emsvitil 02-01-2013 06:28 PM

The bushings are a real PITA to replace...

Having replaced my stock rubber with poly, if it's not the end-links; I'd live with the noise...............................


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