Noise From Front Suspension Due to Worn Stabilizer Links on Honda Pilot

A knock or clunk type noise may be noted from the front suspension over bumps. This is can caused by worm stabilizer (sway) bar links. Replacing both stabilizer bar links will commonly repair this issue.

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Average mileage: 102,430 (41,000–235,000)
7 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2009, 2011
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2005 Honda Pilot 153,000 mi,
This is an intermittent problem which makes it very hard to get fixed. There is a loud knocking sound coming from the front right. It only happens when you accelerate (immediately). When it's "bad" it sounds like hitting the frame with a hammer - a loud clunking noise. When you step on the brake, it sometimes makes a noise like it's "winding up" and then sure enough as soon as you take off, CLUNK. It happens badly about 30% of the time, and to a much lesser extent 30% of the time, and doesn't happen at all 40% of the time. It's been to an independent shop twice, and the dealer three times, nobody can figure it out. Spent over $1000 so far. Dealer says "just drive it, don't worry about it" but when it's "bad" it sounds like the wheel is about to fall off.
Dealer replaced stabilizer links, no help. Then they replaced motor mount, no help. What next?
2009 Honda Pilot 98,000 mi,
There is a clunky sound on occasion going over bumps from underneath the vehicle; the bigger the bump, the bigger the clunk.
2005 Honda Pilot 85,000 mi,
knocking sound when turning left
rumbling knocking noise on drivers side when going over small bumps. It has been happening for years local mechanic couldn't find it.
2004 Honda Pilot 95,150 mi,
Clicking noise from front driver side when going over bumps.
2003 Honda Pilot 91,000 mi,
Noise coming from right front. Sounds like you are running over small bumps. Dealer said bad strut, but it was stablilizer link bushing worn out.
2003 Honda Pilot 235,000 mi,
Every once in a while the front end sounds like someone hits the frame with a hammer. I wiggled front end parts and couldn't duplicate any sound at all. Love my Pilot.
2004 Honda Pilot 130,000 mi,
Noise really began around 100,000 and been driving (carefully) on it for 55k miles! Repair shop tells me it is not going to hurt anything, just creates an annoying noise!
2003 Honda Pilot 134,000 mi,
I have a loose clunking noise that hasn't gone away after replacing struts, control arms, sway bar links.. ect. Now I hear that some bolts stretch over time?
2005 Honda Pilot 150,000 mi,
When driving at speeds of 35-45 mph, when I hit a bump, the front left wheel begins shaking uncontrollably up and down and making a knocking sound. I have thought that it may be a bad shock/strut but have not looked into the swaybar links.
2011 Honda Pilot 41,000 mi,
Every time I hit a bump I hear a clunking noise. Honda just called me to tell me that it is the stabilizer links.