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Old 31 Jul 2013, 08:12 pm
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Angry Squeaky Rear Sway Bar

So I've tried everything. Replaced the sway bar links and carrier bushings and lubed the hell out of everything, yet the annoying squeaking persists I just don't understand the thinking behind Mopar's design. Are the bolts in the links supposed to be tight and use the twisting of the rubber bushing? Or are they supposed to pivot freely? Anyone else have this issue?
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So I've tried everything. Replaced the sway bar links and carrier bushings and lubed the hell out of everything, yet the annoying squeaking persists I just don't understand the thinking behind Mopar's design. Are the bolts in the links supposed to be tight and use the twisting of the rubber bushing? Or are they supposed to pivot freely? Anyone else have this issue?
Have you disconnected the links to the pt and drove it?
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Have you disconnected the links to the pt and drove it?
Wow that stopped the squeak alright! But the car seems to lean a bit more in the corners now
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Wow that stopped the squeak alright! But the car seems to lean a bit more in the corners now
That makes sure that you have a sway bar squeak. Not something else.
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Are the bolts in the links supposed to be tight and use the twisting of the rubber bushing? Or are they supposed to pivot freely?
The link & clamp bolts are only supposed to be torqued to 21ft-lbs........Are you 100% sure it's not the bushings on your watts link or even the rear shocks?
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That makes sure that you have a sway bar squeak. Not something else.
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The link & clamp bolts are only supposed to be torqued to 21ft-lbs........Are you 100% sure it's not the bushings on your watts link or even the rear shocks?
Positive. It started when I installed the sway bar earlier this year. When I detatch the sway bar from the axel, I can hear the squeak when I move the assembly up and down. I will try 21ft-lbs. But does anyone know if the links are supposed to pivot around the sleeves/bolts or is the rubber bushing supposed to flex like a spring from twisting?
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This product is the only lubricant contracted and specifically chemically engineered for rubber and polyurethane.

Everything else on the retail market does NOT work as well as this.

Now here is the bummer....this bottle pictured is about 15 years old. This stuff goes a long ways. It is still available but no one retails it in small amounts anymore. Maybe because small amount is all it takes and it last on the bushing so long I can't remember apply it twice to anything? I have used this small bottle not only on my own vehicles but customers as well.
It works to quiet the nosiest of aftermarket polyurethane bushing and makes them work smother within there application.

You can call the distributor up and they will sell you there smallest quantity as long as you have a business? 1 gallon.




A warning for those having polyurethane bushing. By careful about your selection of lubricants for these type of bushings. If it is not a none petroleum based rubber lubricate or if it does not specifically say for use on polyurethane then do not use it. It can destroy the bushing.
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Thanks Nitro. I used the poly lube that came with my energy suspension kit and used a gratuitous amount. This is what is strange to me Do you know if the links are supposed to pivot around the bolts are are the bolts supposed to clamp down on the sleeve and use the rubber as a spring effect?
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The sway bar bushings only serve to support the bar in position. That said the bar rotates inside the bushing. The bar and bushing needs to be lubed prior the installation. If the wrong lubricant is used you will find the bushing starting to make the noise very quickly. Also if dirt get into the bushing it will tend to render the lubricant useless.
The end link bushing needs to be lubed in the same manor as the sway bar bushings.
The rear sway bar and components is easy enough to remove and clean everything and re-lube from scratch. Sorry to say the grease that Energy Suspension uses is adequate but not the best.

Unfortunately polyurethane bushings need a little more attention to lubrication for noise then standard rubber bushings.

You might contact McKay and see if you can persuade them to sell you a small sample of the Rubber lube I use?
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Thanks Nitro. I used the poly lube that came with my energy suspension kit and used a gratuitous amount. This is what is strange to me Do you know if the links are supposed to pivot around the bolts are are the bolts supposed to clamp down on the sleeve and use the rubber as a spring effect?
And now the rest of the story! Could have told that from the beginning. Would have known your problem right off. Common thing with these. Good Product info there Lynn.
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