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Old 02-11-2012, 02:29 PM
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New sway bar bushings making noise!?!?

Put new energy suspension bushings in the front today, all the bumping and knocking is gone, but..... it makes a wierd, pretty predominant noise when they move, almost like a binding noise. its really noticable when i come to an abrupt stop, would the bolt make a noise on the sleeve?? anyone have any ideas?

i torqued them about as tight as i could with a 12" 3/8 wrench... so nothing ridiculous
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:45 PM
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so... i managed to neglect the "pre-lube" that came with it.. could that be the problem? if so, where should it go? between the bushing and sleeve, sleeve and bolt, or bushing and link?
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so... i managed to neglect the "pre-lube" that came with it.. could that be the problem? if so, where should it go? between the bushing and sleeve, sleeve and bolt, or bushing and link?
Almost certainly the problem. Grease everywhere you mentioned.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:11 PM
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There isn't too much in the tube, anything else I should put in there? maybe axle grease? if i'm gonna pull the #$%$ing things out i wanna make sure its the last time
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ok next question guys... i pulled the links back off and got looking at the bolts.. they have about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch larger diameter near the head, which i have to really tighten the nut on to get the sleeve over.. and the smaller diameter part (the majority of the bolt) is very loose inside the sleeve, like it can wiggle around. Should i replace this with a different bolt?? or is this supposed to be like this?
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pulled it all apart.... greased the crap out of everything, and still the same squeak noise... wtf!
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Did you use the grease that came with the bushings? I believe it's a silicon based grease.
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ya i used that everywhere it said, used the whole tube actually
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Wish I could remember if mine were loose like that as ever since I replaced the OEM rubber spring and sway bar links with poly bushings everything has been tight and quite.
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pulled off the bushings that bolt to axle, put an absurd amount of axle grease on them, put them back in and tightened the links as tight as i could without shearing the bolts.. sqeak is gone!
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