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Old 03-15-2014, 17:08   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

So recently I changed the front struts and rear shocks on my wife's ford escape. I used Gabriel ultra struts and shocks. I have always used Gabriel shocks and struts never had any problems with them. Don't care for Monroe they are too stiff. So now I getting a clanking, clunking rattle from front struts. Happens at low speed in parking lots, driving down bumpy roads, turning in and out driveway. Doesn't do it on smooth roads or expressway. I checked the sway bar links, the only play in the links is turning them side to side. Which I think is normal since they should move when turning the wheel. So I right now I'm at strut mounts or the struts. The car rides good just the noise. When I changed the struts, the strut mount from top consist of the the mount, a plastic bearing sleeve or bushing, steel plate that goes on top of spring insulator, then the spring insulator. From my research I found that my mount assembly is missing a rubber bushing that goes on top of spring insulator steel plate. It's not control arm bushing or anything like that. Car didn't make this noise until after changing front struts. Any help would be great.
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

I'd look into getting that bushing and see if it goes away.
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

Ya that's what I was thinking. But you have to buy the whole strut mount. It comes with it. Unforantely they aren't cheap $40 a side not counting taking apart, spring compressor, and front end alignment. Kinda want to be sure.
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

Ow, might want to see if anyone else more familiar with it has a suggestion.
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

Are you sure it's not the sway bar links? Very common problem. Pull up and down on the sway bar near each end link and can hear, feel play in the. Make sure weight of vehicle is on the ground when checking. Seems to help


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Old 03-16-2014, 03:08   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

Agree with r-clar .Sway bar links are notorious for that type of noise , not only on your vehicle but other makes and models .
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Sway bar links have absolutely zero play in them.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:55   #8 (permalink)
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

When I put the struts back in the drivers side studs wouldn't line up in strut tower. So I had to turn it. It turned a lot harder than the passenger side. I thinking about just changing both the mounts and sway bar links. Both moog parts. What would you all do? Autozone said they would refund my money if I indeed had to change the struts again. I didn't know but Kyb are recommended oe replacements. The car rides good just the noise.
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

It's going to be hard to say without looking at it. Struts are not usually noisy on escapes. Did you pull hard on the sway bar? Sometimes it takes some effort to get play out of them.


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Old 03-16-2014, 07:25   #10 (permalink)
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Re: 2009 ford escape bad strut mount or sway bar links???

I've also read that sway bar links can go bad and you won't be able to tell. They go bad with no play in them.
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