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.