89,000? On some models that use this design the anti-sway bar links go bad at 19,000 miles, and the new and improved ones last, ... 19,000 miles. You have gotten WAY more life out of yours than most people do. Don't worry about the holes in the bar or on the strut. The nuts would have to have been loose to allow the studs to pound up and down to stretch the holes, and even then you would just tighten the new links, then they won't move. It's the ball and socket that has the wear. If you reach over the tire and wrap your fingertips around the link, then use your arm to push up and down on the fender a little, you'll feel the light knocking. That is the proof you need that the link is causing the noise you're hearing. You can also make the noise occur and easiest to hear when driving very slowly through a parking lot, and it will get perfectly quiet when you turn a little either way. Turning puts a twist on the bar and tension on the links that holds the ball and sockets from moving and making noise.
This is a real common repair. It can be fairly difficult with only hand tools because those nuts rust tight and are hard to remove. It can help if you heat the nuts with an acetylene torch, but I use a vice grip pliers to grab the stud through the rubber dust boot, then use an air impact gun to spin the nut off. The stud is going to spin under the rubber boot. If you do that long enough, as in 10 - 15 seconds, the boot will start to smoke and burn away, then tighten the pliers and keep doing that until the nut walks off.
Friday, July 26th, 2013 AT 9:37 PM