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    Suspension and other misc stuff

    It's been quite a while since I last posted, but as the thread title says...yeah..time for it. My 2010 (aka The Tour Bus) now has 164,xxx miles and after much thought, she'll stay in the family. It MAY go to my son or I'll keep it and get him something.
    Anyway, since this thread here, clunkng is back (it's been a while, just never bothered to deal with it until now).
    I've ordered the Monroe suspension kit from Rock Auto, as well as brakes. I was really hoping someone would have some polyurethane front swb bushings that were NOT greasable, but no luck there, so I'm getting some regular Moog replacements.
    Time for brakes again as well.
    Also time for a throttle body cleaning, as I have a stumble/loping idle...
    I picked the worse time to try and work on the car since it's getting cold and I don't have a garage, but I'll post back with the results when I get around to it.
    Other than that and another wreck (people just keep trying to kill me), she has been bullet proof. Hands down the best and most reliable car I've ever owned.
    Later..

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    I'm hoping to get started on my repairs I mentioned above tomorrow. I did some pre-prep work this evening by getting the car up on jack stands and hitting all bolts I'll need to loosen with some PB Blaster. My biggest worry was whether the rear shock mounts were cracked, but they're in good shape. Tomorrow morning I'll start first light as it's supposed to rain later during the day. My plan is to hit the bolts and nuts again with some more PB Blaster and work on the small stuff like the front swb bushings, cabin filter and cleaning the TB. Wish me luck!
    EDIT:
    My plans proved a little too ambitious. Aging is also a variable I had not accounted for LMAO.. Essentially, the same things I was able to do 5 years ago proved a little more difficult this time. I was only able to get ONE nut loose for the swb bushing on the passenger side. With the threat of rain I abandoned that plan after an hour or so and turned my attention to the TB. That went well and with no issues. I also got the cabin filter changed. It's been MORE than 5 years since that was changed and it showed..trash-resize.jpgfilter-resize.png.... so yeah, if you haven't done it, do it!!
    One thing about the SWB bushings.. You canb actually get to them from the top if you have an extra long extension and a swivel head socket, but of course that will not do you any good since you have to get them back in there!!
    I'll just wait until I can get help to do the shocks and struts..PLUS, I obviously had not looked closely enough at what would be involved to get the driver's side strut out..Have to move the brake reservoir!
    So the next step is to find a friend with a garage or a lift and knock everything else out!
    Last edited by Sounbwoy; 12-01-2018 at 09:25 PM.

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    I just went in from the bottom and reached over the top for the sway bar bushings. Pain in the ass.

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