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PostSubject: Chevy mechanic?   January 15th 2015, 1:24 am

Need to change the bushings holding up the crossmember where the torsion bars mount.  Can you change them without messing up the torsion bars?  Or taking them apart? 

I've go a bad clunky noise on rough road under the floor boards in my 1999 chevy Silverado ext cab. 

https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=2194822&cc=1353686

http://youtu.be/CjqTCtRIe8M

This guy had the bars still in the cross member!

Thoughts on this?  I'm not sure that just putting it up on jack stands will let off enough pressure to get the job done.

Thanks for looking.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy mechanic?   January 15th 2015, 3:06 am

I think you would be ok with the weight off the front tires and leave the bars in. Those bars are a real mofo to get out, even on a very new truck.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy mechanic?   January 15th 2015, 9:04 am

You can do it on a Colorado but not a full size truck without the tool.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy mechanic?   January 15th 2015, 10:39 am

once i take the bolts out of the bushings i was wondering if it will just push down and i wont be able to get the  cross member back up where it needs to go.  if you watched the video of the other guy i posted there, he didnt seem to have anything holding up the crossmember so i think if the wheels are off the ground it should be good enough to make it work, but i cant afford to take a chance and make the problem worse lol  cant afford mechanic to fix it, nor the cost to fix it if i f it up  

was hoping someone had some experience.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy mechanic?   January 15th 2015, 6:32 pm

I believe even with the wheels off the ground the bars still have a lot of tension on them.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy mechanic?   January 15th 2015, 6:40 pm

Are you sure your sway bar bushings and links are good? They will cause the rattling your describing.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy mechanic?   January 15th 2015, 6:57 pm

True Yote, i broke one on my 07 and it felt like the exhaust system was hitting the floor board when i would hit a bump in the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Chevy mechanic?   January 16th 2015, 10:27 am

that was the first thing i replaced.  It did improve the rattle in the suspension but now i can hear the floorboard bang when i hit a good bump.  not sure where i would find any potholes in WV though?

I also feel a little loose play in the rear suspension.  I have heard that sound that sounds like the exhaust is swinging free back and forth as well.  wonder is the rear leaf spring bushings are bad?
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