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#1 of 8 Clunking from front end
Feb 07, 2011 (8:48 am)
I know this was a discussion already but i couldnt really get a solid answer. I have an 02 lse and everytime i hit even the smallest bump or pot whole it sounds like somebody is banging on the front end. Any suggestions on what it is would be great.....
#2 of 8 Re: Clunking from front end [jpal2626]
Feb 07, 2011 (9:16 am)
I've had sounds like the associated with inner and outer tie rods, and most commonly with upper ball joint (control arm). All are rather simple to diagnose.
Feb 07, 2011 (2:10 pm)
the most common cause for front-end clunking of 2004 and earlier LSs is sway bar bushing wear. A long time ago the bushings could be replaced, but now it's necessary to replace the whole bar, which now has molded-on bushings. It's a much bigger job, but is supposed to be a lasting fix.
Other suspension parts are possible, but not so likely.
#4 of 8 Re: Clunking from front end [jpal2626]
Feb 10, 2011 (5:55 am)
I've had that before, my problem was the "sway" bar. Pretty inexpensive, or could be the tie rods.
#5 of 8 2004 Lincoln LS Sway Bar Bushings
Dec 06, 2011 (2:42 pm)
Does any one know what size sway bar bushings this car takes? Front and rear the same size? Thanks!!
#6 of 8 2004 Lincoln Sway Bar Bushings
Dec 06, 2011 (2:43 pm)
Does any one know what size sway bar bushings my car takes?? Thanks!!
#7 of 8 Re: 2004 Lincoln Sway Bar Bushings [sailorlen10]
Dec 22, 2011 (9:46 am)
The sway bar bushings - I don't believe are available by themselves for the 2004 or earlier - according to the other previous posts.
I replaced my entire sway bar and it was indeed a job to do - fishing that darn thing through the front end and past all of the parts. I ended up have to unbolt the suspension from one side to get it to pass semi-easily.
Anyway- I know that the "Sport model" had a different sway bar for the 2000 model - not sure of 2004. My guess is that you'd have to know that, as well.
Bottom line - I don't believe they sell just the bushings.
#8 of 8 Re: 2004 Lincoln Sway Bar Bushings [karg]
Dec 23, 2011 (8:08 am)
Yeah I've heard you have to replace the whole sway bar. I don't think the sway bar is much of an issue on the 2nd gen (2003-up) LS's, I'd make sure that was the problem before replacing it.