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Old 11-16-2007, 07:14 AM
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Rattle in Front end?

I have a rattle comeing from my front end when i hit a bumps. I recently had a front end alighnment and it came out fine. My question is, has any one ever had a bad shock that didnt leak. My truck has over 100K on the factory shocks? Its a F350 4x4.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:28 AM
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What year truck if its an 03 or 04 it sounds like the sway bar end link bushings might be shot

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Old 11-16-2007, 10:32 AM
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+1 on the sway bar end links. Mine rattled badly.
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:41 PM
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Its a 2003. Are you talking about the rubber bushings where it is mounted to the truck?
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:20 PM
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On the front axle your truck has a swaybar. At the very ends of the swaybar their are endlinks:

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Wow thanks for the pics. I Checked mine and im not sure if they are bad. I can grab the bar that runs from the sway bar to the frame and i can twist it side to side. I went to the back and the ones back there didnt move. Should everthing be stiff?
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:15 PM
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I think they should move a tiny bit, but still be relatively stiff. But you can really tell when you take one off because the bushing inside will be shot and let the bolt move around way too freely.
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I've never had a bad shock that did leak.
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I had a front end rattle over bumps, 4 shops, ball joints, tie rod ends, shocks and alignments, then the Ford mechanic said he traced it to the shock mount bolts, but no solution. So I got a couple of shock absorber bolts to replace the shoulder bolts that Ford uses, (HELP! part # 31013 Chrysler metric 12 x 1.75 bolts (HELP! is the brand, sold at NAPA and other parts stores)). $8 later and about 1/2 hour work; NO Rattle! Hope this helps.
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