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Old 10-23-2010, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sway - stabilizer link bolts

Hi all,

Was re-doing the front suspension on my '96 328i sedan. I replaced the lower control arms, tie rods and stabilizer links. The stabilizer/sway bar links where they attach to the U-bracket; the bolt that goes through the bracket into the bushing seems very loose.

My thinking is that it should be fairly tight. I can't compare the fit to the old one because my beautiful, darling wife came along behind me and dumped the trash in my shop.

The car has an intermittent, loud "clink" noise now, typically when it goes over a road imperfection that would cause the wheel to drop a bit then rebound.

Does anyone know for sure - shouldn't that bolt be a fairly tight fit (not press fit but close)?

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You are right, they should be very tight with no play. I'd say that's the cause of your clunk.
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OK - thanks for the replies.

I re-used the bolts that were there and though I didn't buy the car new in '96, I'm 99% certain those were the factory pieces. The links are after-market, don't remember brand right off.

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