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Noise in Front Suspension Due to Worn Sway Bar Bushings/End Links on Dodge Grand Caravan

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Worn sway bar bushings or sway bar end links may cause a rattling or clunking noise from the front suspension during low-speed driving. Though not always the root cause, front struts are often replaced for this condition.

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Average mileage: 116,001 (20,000–250,000)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
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Creaking and thumping noise in front end at low speeds. Occurs when going over bumps and when turning steering wheel
rattles when I go over bumps in the road, pot-holes, or sometimes when I turn. If I turn wheel back and forth while stopped or at low speeds you can hear it.
Loud solid clunks when driving through parking lots and driveways, replaced the swaybar bushings. Sound was gone for only 6 months.
Front end rattling and it's worse at slow speeds over bump and what not and seems to be mostly on the drivers side
Loud clunking while driving over any bumps- replaced chassis sway bar bushings myself for under 15 dollars- NOISE AND VIBRATION AT HIGH SPEEDS CORRECTED 100%
clunking noise in front end. Mechanic recommended $900 repair. I told mechanic to replace sway bar bushings. Problem fixed!!!!!!!!
Low speed rattle / clunking when going over small bumps or turning. Replaced sway bar bushings and links. Noise seemed to improve but has noticeably returned. I checked the links were tight and the Moog bushings still look brand new. Steering rack was replaced under warranty about 6 years ago, but the noise is similar and I fear that it may be failing again.
Front suspension began creaking. Was told to replace struts. Instead I lived with the creaking for 100,000 mi, turns out it is the torsion brss bushings. Struts are till fine....
Worn sway bar bushings replaced and the "clunking" noise in the front end is gone. Bushings did not look severely worn but replacing them fixed the problem.
Had the same clunking sound which we ignored for a year or so. Suddenly it got significantly worse. I inspected under the vehicle to find the sway bar link had broken off completely.
In my case the the clunking was from the sway bar bushings.
Even though they looked in perfect condition by eye....don't be fooled...change them.
It's simply and inexpensive to change.
tip: if you can easily move the sway bar after disconnection both links...then your bushings are bad.
Just bought vehicle. Has 230,*** miles but awful noise on suspension. Replacing mounts this weekend
Low speed clunking in front end over small and large bumps passed state inspection for many years. No visible signs of wear/play. Sway bar bushings look great after removal, but the noise is gone.