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Front end thump

OK guys, here's an easy one for you. Whenever I hit any small bump or large I hear a thud sound from the front end. Its more of a dull sound not a metallic sound. I'm thinking maybe shock bushings or trackbar bushings. Any idears what could be causing the noise?

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odds are it is one or both sway bar links, or possibly sway bar bushings....

The other thing to check is the plastic insilators that go inbetween the two front spring tips.....if they break due to wear you will get some spring slap, but this is usually more noticable when turning and hitting bumps
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i replaced my links a while back, very easy to do. took longer to get the tools out than it did to change the links.

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Thanks guys. MarC I was actually thinking last night, after, I posted that it might have been the sway bar links. I guess I could disconnect them, tie out of the way, and go for a test drive to see what happens noise wise.

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that sounds dangerous! mine were loose and could be wiggled by hand + one side had a bushing missing on one half of the link.

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Found the problem. It was both sway bar end links. The top of the end link was way bad. So, now that I found the problem, I know what to replace, looks easy too. Thanks guys!!!

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I replaced the end links today with-out to much trouble. Now there is now more klunk/thump noise. The new passenger side end link gave me a bit of trouble as the bolt was a 1/4' to long and wouldn't swing into the hole. After getting it cut down to size all is well. If all would have went well the first time it would have taken about 10 or so minutes.

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