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Hey guys. I'm having an issues with my 2008 Ridgeline whereby I'm getting a clicking / banging / thumping noise from the rear end when driving over bumps. Best description though would be a click. Upon inspection, I found that one of the sway bar end links was broken. Both were replaced, but the noise persists. The noise only happens while going over bumps or sometimes when taking off from a stop. No matter how much I jump up and down or shake the truck from side to side, I can't replicate the noise while the truck is stationary. After the truck is lifted off the ground for inspection, the noise goes away for a day or 2, but keeps returning. It would seem that the problem goes away when something is unloaded, then reloaded. I brought it to my mechanic who couldn't figure it out either. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Check struts and bump stops also. I think there is a TSB on the bump stops.
What does the tire wear pattern look like?
 

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I'll try to post/share the TSB, let's see if it works...
TSB 14-077 Link.
You should be able to enter the code shown and download to your PC for viewing.
I tested it and it's working on my end.
 

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Yeah,this is probably going to be hard for you to chase down (unless it's loose stuff in the trunk of course).

What you may end up facing is replacement of the rear shocks. But that's a pretty expensive thing to replace, if you just find out that they did not create the noise.

But it's possible you have something going on with the shocks that actually contributed to the failure of your end links? Good Luck.

You 'might' be able to find a good suspension shop that can take a look at it & diagnose right away if they can replicate on a test drive. Some of those guys are pretty sharp.... if you can find a good shop.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Nothing in the trunk. I know it doesn't mean much, but the shock looks clean and dry. The bump stop thing sounds very similar to my issue, but I have not been able to get the TSB. If anyone either has it, or knows how to get it, it would be greatly appreciated. I called Honda, and they refused to send it to me.
 

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Take a look at the rubber bushings in the sway bar mounts.

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I know it's not probable, but it's possible that you still have a 'bad' end link that needs to be replaced (bad replacement part or faulty installation?). Just a thought.
 

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I'm having the exact same issue as you right now. Replaced both sway bar links, and now when i go over bump in road i hear a clicking/banking noise. I too have tried jumping on bed while trucks parked to figure out where its coming from but it only makes these noised when driving. have you had any luck figuring out the issue yet?
 

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Yeah a update would be nice.
I sent a PM to the OP with a temp link to the TSB, but haven't heard back.
I'm not saying this is the issue for all, but it may be for some.
I will post a few pics from it here for reference so others may also check the bump stops.
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Lord Fusor 148 looks like a 2 part plastic bonding adhesive...Link.
It might be hard to find in small dosages so another 2 part plastic bonding epoxy might also work.
Follow the adhesives directions, but I've always found that roughing up both surfaces and cleaning prior to application always delivered the best performance along with proper mixing.
 
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