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Old 07-30-2010, 02:43 AM   #11
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What kind of end links did you use?

If you didn't get OEM Ford end links, go back in and make sure the nuts are all torqued correctly on them; the aftermarket links are known to work their way loose.

I used the end links from Auto Zone which are equivalent to Moog? I'll double check that they are tight and while I'm there i'll make sure everything else is tightened down good too.
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If this happens to be the problem, is there anyway to fix that?

I "tested" the struts by pushing on the fender/hood on each side of the car and it was stiff and not bouncy like you you described so I dont think my struts are bad but thanks for the suggestion

I am wondering the same thing lol. Maybe if someone could explain this, I will test the ball joints today.

I hate saying this because I'm sure I'll upset someone, but the real fix is to get rid of the sportlines. They may be nice for looks but I really don't think they're that good for everyday street driving and real world street conditions. They have too many design compromises which affect handling, ride quality etc. In general, they don't do anything particularly well except providing a significant drop which I guess is their key purpose (one could argue that it may be too much for the other compromises that have been made). You could try some firmer shocks but I doubt that would be the total cure.

The bounce test is worthless with modern gas charged shocks.

A simple ball joint test is to jack one side up. Place hands at 12 and 6 position on tire and shake (actually push and pull on the top and bottom of the tire). Any looseness or movement is quite likely the ball joint. Looseness or movement with the hands at the 9 and 3 position is usually the tie rod end. These movements are usually visible so get someone else to help so you or they can observe movement in those parts. Mechanics will sometimes use a "pickle fork (aka ball joint/tie rod separator) to check the spacing in the joint.
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I had the same noise. it was my strut. when i swapped em out I could take the rod in the strut, and manually pull it up and let go and it would drop like dead weight.

dunno if there is a strut test, but id assume your wheel would take longer than your other side wheel to jack up when raising the car.
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^^^^^^ yeah, I noticed that on my front passenger side. I jacked it up to see under the car and noticed that it took much more to jack that side up.
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What kind of end links did you use?

If you didn't get OEM Ford end links, go back in and make sure the nuts are all torqued correctly on them; the aftermarket links are known to work their way loose.
X5 on this one!! I replaced my end links, same ones from autozone, and was having clunking noise coming from the front, from underneath. I knew i had a bad strut bearing, but this obviously wasn't what was causing the noise, the noise was actually coming from the end links not being tightened onto the sway bar, which was causing the clunk, noticed it when i was replacing the struts, i tightened them and the noise is gone now .

When you go to tighten them, if they're the same ones and came with the nut and everything, use a 14mm wrench for the nut and a 15mm wrench behind where the boot is, there is a nut there on the stud, i think that will give you better leverage as opposed to using an allen wrench inside the stud
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i tried the bounce test, but the car was pretty stiff overall. i have noticed that it takes more to jack the passenger front tire. how do you know if your endlinks are bad? i tried tugging on them, but they felt pretty solid.
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They probably aren't bad, but just "loose", and that might sound weird since they dont move when you tug on them. But you probably won't be able to tell until you've taken it from the strut and check to see if where it bolts to the sway bar is a bit loose. If its not completely tightened it will cause clunking in the front. I know its a little bit of work, but something to rule out before you go and sink money into it thinking its something else.
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;3362373] how do you know if your endlinks are bad? i tried tugging on them, but they felt pretty solid.

Unless they are broke (yes some snap in half) you have to remove them to inspect for sloppiness in the the joint. Ours seemed fine until they were removed and the ends just flopped all over.
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^^^ - Yup - when one side is jacked (or even both) there's a bit of tension on the links, making them seem tight. Some have mentioned double nutting the Autozone type as theirs didn't come with locking nuts to make sure they STAY tight after tightening properly.
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To test the ball joints you can jack the front of the car up so the wheels are off the ground. Then take a board and place it under the wheel and lift up on it, not too hard though. You want to test for sloppiness in the wheel; movement that is not the shock/strut moving but the play in the ball joint itself.
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