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: 101,962 (41,000–235,000)
7 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2009, 2011
30 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
2005 Honda Pilot153,000
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?
2005 Honda Pilot85,000
knocking sound when turning left
2003 Honda Pilot91,000
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.
2009 Honda Pilot98,000
There is a clunky sound on occasion going over bumps from underneath the vehicle; the bigger the bump, the bigger the clunk.
2003 Honda Pilot235,000
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 Pilot130,000
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!
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 Pilot95,150
Clicking noise from front driver side when going over bumps.
2005 Honda Pilot150,000
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 Pilot41,000
Every time I hit a bump I hear a clunking noise. Honda just called me to tell me that it is the stabilizer links.
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