Fixing a clunk when your car hits a bump is a trial and error process. Start with the stabilizer bushings and then the bar end links, using a special tool.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:June 2010
Soak the nut and stud
with penetrating oil.
Then use the special
tool to hold the ball
stud while you put all
your force into breaking
the nut loose. Then
use the holding tool
and a metric box end
wrench to finish the
Buy a special tool kit before trying to remove the stabilizer bar ends.
Worn stabilizer bushings and end
links can cause horrible clunking
noises when you drive over bumps.
Unfortunately, there's no good way
to check them by feel (they're loaded
with vehicle weight) or by sight. So
you have to start replacing parts
until you find the noisy culprit.
Start with the stabilizer bushings.
They're the most likely candidates,
and they're also the cheapest and
easiest to replace (about $10 a pair).
Just remove the bushing brackets
one or two bolts each) and slip on
the new bushings. But if you've
replaced those and are ready to
tackle the end links (about $40 each),
stop! Removing the rusted nuts can
easily turn into an all-day affair.
Since you'll save about $100 labor
by doing the job yourself, it's
worth getting one of these tool kits:
Lisle No. 34110 (about $17) for Ford
Taurus, Sable and Windstar
vehicles. Or Lisle No. 33820
(about $26; both models available at
for additional Ford,
GM and Chrysler vehicles.
For more information
on Lisle tools,
Once the nuts (two
per link) are off, the
rest of the job is a
piece of cake (photo).
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll need a special stabilizer bar end link tool.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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