From digest.v4.n850 Wed Jul 17 07:06:01 1996
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 1996 03:18:11 -0400
Subject: Sway Bar Noise
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Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 16:21:12 -0400
Subject: Sway bar noise
Anyone have any suggestions for getting rid of aftermarket sway bar
My mechanic says that they need to be re-greased about once a month if
want the noise gone. I can do this, but there must be an easier way to
them down. It's not a squeeking noise, it's a clunk clunk over small
I tried teflon tape b/w the bar and the bushings and this helped for
ten miles and then the clunking resumed. At least I know the clunking
coming from the bar where it goes through the bushing. Help!
If teflon tape is the way to go, any instructions and/or advice on a
kind of teflon would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, any
Thanks a million
RD Sway Bars
Sorry to hear about your problem, but at least I'm not alone now!
This has also been driving me crazy and making me depressed
because I did not know where the noise was coming from and
the sound was rather frightening as I thought the suspension
was about to fall off. Initially sound was in the back but today
sounded closer to front.
Here's my story.
About 2 weeks ago I did a complete supension change for my
95 M3 all by myself. This included the recent RD Sway bars,
Dinan Stage 4 springs,shocks,struts, and camber plates.
The following week, my Supersprint headers and muffler was
installed by a shop. Soon , I began hearing clunking noises
exactly as you describe. Mostly at slow speeds and never
while at on the freeway. I was so afraid that I failed to tighten
my shocks well enough despite using a torque wrench but
dreaded having to remove all the trunk insulation to check. I
also considered possible interference with the new exhaust
parts as the sway bar end will hit the exhaust pipes only if
rear is lifted and the suspension is allowed to hang.
Then I remembered hearing the exact same noise on my
previous Eclipse Turbo for which I had Suspension Techniques
sway bars with urethane bushings. The exact cause of the noise
was also never determined.
I suspected the sway bar bushings but discounted the possibility
because I thought I would have expected more of a squeek rather
than a clunk which I can actually feel vibrating through the chasis.
Just last Saturday, I removed the rear wheels and inspected
the supension shock and springs. I was not able to detect
anything loose, but I have still been afraid that some metal
piece was grinding somewhere which I could not find.
Initially I used Lithium Moly grease. I do have some
Mobile 1 synthetic grease which I can try. Maybe we can also try
graphite lube. Loctite makes a liquid teflon pipe sealer that you
put on piping threads that may work.
Hope we can work on this problem together and maybe other
guys can help. At least I can sleep better know and not worry
about the supension falling off!
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