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Old 06-25-2022, 08:14 AM   #1
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Default Creaking/groaning sway bar end links

Has anyone ran into creaking/groaning end links? I can physically feel the noise is coming from the upper sandwich part.

It started at some point on my set of poly end links, I tried tightening them which caused them to split, so then I ordered some regular Meyle rubber links. Put those on but the noise stubbornly persists, even on new ones.

The car is a 92 but I think the sway bar is of the older style where the ends are crudely flattened vs the new style with circular cutouts for the bushings, I'm thinking that's contributing but not sure how.
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Old 06-25-2022, 02:02 PM   #2
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Check your actual sway bar bushings, not the end links. They may not be properly torqued.
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Old 06-25-2022, 05:25 PM   #3
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^^ He means the mounting bushings on the body. They get dry and creak and groan. It's not the links even if that is where the sound seems to come from. It's the body bushings. You can lube them with silicone grease like what is used for brake pins.

Edit:The small bushings on the links where they attach to the control could possibly make noise if they are bad. Try spraying the sway bar bushings with lubricant for rubber and see if the sound goes away.
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Old 06-26-2022, 12:13 PM   #4
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Check your actual sway bar bushings, not the end links. They may not be properly torqued.
When I was chasing this down I greased those with poly grease and torqued them with some ugga duggas. I'll investigate those again
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Old 06-26-2022, 03:26 PM   #5
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Did you spray lube on the lower end link bushings? The ones on the control arm.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:10 PM   #6
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Did you spray lube on the lower end link bushings? The ones on the control arm.
When they were poly I first sprayed them, then I greased with poly grease, and then replaced with new rubber links. No change
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Old 06-27-2022, 05:57 PM   #7
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A sneaky groaning sound can come from bad tie rods. The ball socket inside the boots wear and can make a groaning sound.
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Old 06-27-2022, 09:00 PM   #8
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How are your strut mounts? I’ve been chasing front end noises for a few months and my conclusion is junk aftermarket strut mounts, installed them about 6-7 months ago and they’ve already failed and our roads here aren’t that bad. Going to replace with solid mounts, forget the ride quality I rather not put a strut through my hood
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Old 06-29-2022, 05:22 PM   #9
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BNE mounts or if you want rubber I've had good experience with the ebay ones from here:https://www.ebay.com/itm/140494896471
Those along with the 15A plates has worked great on the wagon. But the BNE mounts are the best and didn't seem to add any road noise in my turbo car.
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Old 06-30-2022, 12:30 PM   #10
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Strut mounts were replaced like 25k ago with URO brand.

It's gotta be the sway bar because it's silent with the end links disconnected
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