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Old 03-05-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Front sway bar enlink question

Hi,

I've got a 2000 focus ZX3 with high miles (191,000). It's been making rattling noises in the front end when I go slow and hit small bumps. It's kind of like a low bassy rattle though, no high pitch, basically sounds like something is loose in the front suspension.

I was reading through the forums that this usually means the sway bar enlinks, so I crawled under tonight to check them out. I did not jack the car up at all.

The endlink on the passenger side looks like a normal enlink, it's a small round straight bar bolted to the sway bar and the strut, and it's tight, I can't "move" it at all.

However, the sway bar endlink on the drivers side is different. It's shaped like a bar, but it's like a X shape, not a solid round bar. And I noticed that the boot on the bottom bolt is broken apart, and I can move the endlink around, like if I push it front to back (towards the back of the car), it rotates around the "ball" in the bottom bolt, and I can basically rotate the endlink back and forth.

My question is this - is the driver's side endlink supposed to be different in some way? Why does this one rotate but the passenger side does not ? (Is it because it is shot?)

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The Driver's side end link is broken. You should replace both. If you get the Moog version, pay close attention to the nuts after installation. Mine loosened after a short time, and I had to use a second nut to jam the supplied nut in place.
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pay close attention to the nuts after installation. Mine loosened after a short time, and I had to use a second nut to jam the supplied nut in place.
really? First time i've heard of this type of mishap with the Moogs actually... anyone else? Just today I thought about getting mine installed since its been so nice out but u kinda freaked me out dude
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Why? 8mm x 1.25 nuts are not hard to come by.

Nobody else has had this problem to my knowledge. Another handy way to keep this from happening is to use blue thread lock on the nut. That was option 1, but the nuts were free from work. I couldn't find my blue thread lock, so I just took some nuts instead.
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heh well u shouldn't need to be adding ANY bolts to it first off and yes threadlocker is a must. Its just weird I was thinking about replacing my endlinks while walking around campus in shorts and t-shirt today and now I'm reading about a POSSIBLE issue with Moogs i haven't heard of b4 thats all... not like i'm gonna skip changing em out here pretty soon or better yet hiring a priest to bless the installation LOL I'll just keep a heavier eye on em thats all... eitherway thnx for the heads up

btw niko if u need endlinks hit up Mike @ Hilbish he'll set u straight
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