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Old 05-03-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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Good afternoon everyone.... hope you are all having a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

I have a 2002 Subaru Impreza that is making a "knocking" noise every time I drive over a bump. The "knock" is coming from the front left side of the car, so I figured it was a suspension issue. Not being extremely car literate, I took the car to a local auto service here in Milwaukee and a mechanic rode around with me for a few minutes and then they put it up on the rack.

Their diagnosis: "The sway bar links will need to be replaced because the "bushings" are worn."

I believe he used plural even though only the left side was making noise... I would imagine he wanted to replace both of the front at the same time

Does this diagnosis seem to make sense?

If so, how difficult is it to replace the link(s)?

I just replaced my knock sensor last month, so that's about as car savvy as I am.

I appreciate your help in advance... have a good week ahead!

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Old 05-03-2009, 07:33 PM   #2
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It isn't too difficult to replace the links. It can be done with an allen key (5mm I think) and a wrench.

And I'm sure someone will say it. So...wrong forum. Should go to Brakes, Steering, and Suspension.
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:34 PM   #3
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Milwaukee, huh? I'm pretty close to you, just a little south. The mechanic's diagnosis sounds correct. I would also recommend replacing both, seeing as how your left one was loose the right one probably isn't too far behind. You shouldn't have a problem replacing the links. In this pic, the link is the gold piece.

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Old 05-03-2009, 07:36 PM   #4
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Endlinks are very easy to replace. Just two bolts per endlink. Yes that makes sense.
He is how you install them.
http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/ins...solid-t28.html
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:36 PM   #5
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Arg... Sorry for posting in the wrong forum... I don't want to be that guy!!!
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:37 PM   #6
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Arg... Sorry for posting in the wrong forum... I don't want to be that guy!!!
you are that guy now!

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Old 05-03-2009, 08:21 PM   #7
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yea but those allen keyed links may need to be cut off. i was lucky enough to be able to save mine cause they were pretty new. but ive seen older cars need to be cut off.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:03 PM   #8
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Oh... and one other thing I failed to mention before.... the mechanic also said that the "hip socket is worn out".

Is the "hip socket" part of the sway bar link??? OR..... Is that something different altogether that I will need to purchase???

I guess I don't even understand how that little link is making all that "knocking" noise when I go over bumps..... if replacing it will make the noise stop... then great.

I just looked under the car and the sway bar link is very accessible from front of the left front tire, so I think I'll even try and replace it myself.

I found this part: http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...3-1623906.html

Thanks again.... you are all wonderful!
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:28 AM   #9
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If you're going with OEM links, I'm sure you can find them for just about nothing in the Private Classifieds.
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:21 PM   #10
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At least you said sorry instead of some people saying it's ok!
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:25 PM   #11
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Na.... that was my bad. I should have looked more carefully at the available sub-forums.... still a n00b.

Well... I think I'm ready to purchase and try to put these bad boys on myself... I'll replace both front stab links as I have heard many recommend that.

I looked through the private classifieds and nothing jumped out at me, so I think I will just purchase new from AutoPartsWarehouse.

Here is the part I found: http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...D=3202266&cj=1

You more experienced folk know of any better deals/options out there??? I'd like to make every penny count being laid off and all.

Thanks for all your help so far.

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Old 05-04-2009, 05:31 PM   #12
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Just found this....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-FRO...Q5fAccessories

$30 for a set of front sway bar links.... they look a little different than the ones that I currently have on, but the auction says IMPREZA 93-07... I have a 2002.

Same seller offers a different set for $42:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-FRO...Q5fAccessories

Thoughts?
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:36 PM   #13
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Here's a couple links with people getting rid of oem endlinks. Offer them $20 shipped and see what happens.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=endlinks

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=endlinks
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:27 PM   #14
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honestly i would just pony up the money and get a decent set of endlinks since they will last longer and well the kartboys just look damn cool
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:47 AM   #15
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funny how mine had the same problem on the front left side...
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:48 PM   #16
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funny how mine had the same problem on the front left side...
did the fix go easy??? which links did you settle with???

i am on a bit of a budget these days and think i'd rather go with new.... kart boys are a bit too expensive though.... i dont do any racing/performance driving... i'm a chilled out driver.... any big objections from going with these???

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...D=3202266&cj=1

thanks, everyone!

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:28 PM   #17
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Reason I suggest something other than the stock design is not just for any type of gains. Just those allen bolt/nut whatever things suck ass to put on and take off.
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Eh, I had no time when it happened, so just got the front endlinks replaced by an OEM pair, and that's all. Happened 1.5 yrs ago, no trouble since.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:00 AM   #19
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Reason I suggest something other than the stock design is not just for any type of gains. Just those allen bolt/nut whatever things suck ass to put on and take off.
gotcha.... i have the allen bold/nut links on right now... maybe that's why it's causing me issues right now...

would you suggest these links?? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-FRO...Q5fAccessories

Thanks!
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:10 AM   #20
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you are that guy now!

And I thought I was that guy...

I've had the same "clunk" in my 2002 for a couple years. Endlinks are easy. I never bothered to do my fronts, just the rears. Give a shout out if this clears up the noise.
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uh oh... the bolts won't turn.... didn't someone mention that could be a problem... they are about 7 years old.... hmmmmm.
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as in taking the fronts off? This is why i always say upgrade that way they use real bolts ha.

What I had to do with mine is alot of pb blaster to help break the rust, and than vice grips inside to bypass the allen and just bite my lip and zip the nut off
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:49 AM   #23
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yuppers... as in getting the fronts off... got some pb blaster... so now i just need the links... i know there have been some negative feedback about these links (http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/se...294963707+9250), but for the sake of a budget, do you think they are doable at all?

also, is it always necessary to replace both front links when one is being replaced?

thanks for all your wisdom...

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Old 05-11-2009, 02:20 PM   #24
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Ok... purchased these... http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...D=3202266&cj=1

2 of them.... I'm sure they will do the trick for simple driving.

Thanks everyone for your help.

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Old 05-14-2009, 03:43 PM   #25
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Well.... these CTR links just arrived.... http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...3-1623906.html

There was no paperwork/instructions with them.... it seem to be a simple install.... they look much more sturdy that the old links.

My questions: Is it good to put some grease on the links before putting them on?

Are there any other important notes to installing these links??

Best,
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