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Author Topic: Rear sway bars  (Read 2412 times)
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« on: April 09, 2012, 10:16:35 AM »

I noticed a clunking noise coming from the rear of my 2004 AWD Aztek over the weekend.  Specifically more during starts and then again while braking.  It sounded as if there was something like a bowling ball rolling around the back cargo area - but we checked and there was nothing.

I also had a clunking/banging noise when driving over a small dip in the road - sort of like the car bottomed out.

Later when making a tight turn we heard a popping/clanking sound coming from the rear.

We looked underneath and it appears that both rear sway bars are starting to rust.  Do those symptoms sound consistent with sway bar issues?

With 85k mostly trouble-free miles (knock on wood), I guess it's time for some repairs.

Any suggestions as to the replacements?  I've seen Moog, AC Delco, and a few others - there doesn't seem to be a huge difference in price, but I'd like to get a quality replacement.

Also, any suggestions for shocks/struts/springs would be appreciated.  My wife is the primary driver, but I've noticed that the ride is starting to get a little more "floaty", so it's probably time to replace those as well.

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