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    2006 Ford E350 Super Duty 5.4 liter 182,000 miles Loud Rattle mostly at slower speeds

    I wonder if it would help, as I have seen on some other vans with ladder carriers, are squares of thick carpeting under the contact points of the ladder and the ladder carrier. Perhaps this would act as a vibration and/or sound insulator. Or maybe I could just start smoking weed and not give a...
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    2006 Ford E350 Super Duty 5.4 liter 182,000 miles Loud Rattle mostly at slower speeds

    I have no ladders on the rack and the rattle is gone. It appears the 10 foot aluminum step ladder was the main offender. The ladder rack is bolted with "clamps" to the rain gutter
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    removing sway bar bushing

    Well, Thanks all that replied. nickb2, billr. , and all others. The bottom line is nickb2 has made a strong point of safety first. When using an impact gun you need to only use impact approved tools, sockets, chisels, etc I don't use an impact gun too often (except my 8 lug wheels) but I have...
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    removing sway bar bushing

    Thank you nibkb2 and billr, I know cast is not the best material to put stress on, but I did make sure I only used hand tools, no air tools. I also kept the cast cap to the back of the axle beam and my face to the front. I did use some light weight oil on the threads. Just as a note, I also have...
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    removing sway bar bushing

    OK, after a couple failed attempts, I have built a sway bar bushing install tool. Works on my E350 Super Duty. Should work on others. See photos please
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    2006 Ford E350 Super Duty 5.4 liter 182,000 miles Loud Rattle mostly at slower speeds

    Ok time for me to admit to poor thinking. The rattle was the 10 foot aluminum step ladder on the roof rack. The 8 foot fiberglass step and the 28 foot aluminum extension ladder make very little noise, but the 10 foot step rattles through the entire van.
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    removing sway bar bushing

    Well. I didn't have the correct size socket to use as a driving tool, so I used a short piece of water pipe with a cap threaded on it. I only have the bushings pushed in about 75%. Several issues: The outer tie rods prevent a straight on hit of the drive tool, they may need to be disconnected...
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    removing sway bar bushing

    I was able to remove the old bushings. Not a very professional job I must admit. A Saws-All, a long punch and hammer. I tried to be careful as to not mess up the bushing mounting holes in the front axle. I will be putting the bushings and sway bar in this afternoon. I will post after. Thanks all.
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    removing sway bar bushing

    So, I am the one that posted the E350 Super Duty with a load rattle. I was trying to locate the rattle when I discovered the front "in arm" sway bar bushings were shot. I removed the bar, but the metal sleeves of the old bushings will not come out. I looked online and it shows the bushings...
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    2006 Ford E350 Super Duty 5.4 liter 182,000 miles Loud Rattle mostly at slower speeds

    I did try slight application of parking brake (no change). Also, I put new pads on the rears a few weeks ago (disc) had rattle before and after. I checked front pads, 3/4 pad remains and no pad to rotor play. But I will try some brake drag and see what happens.
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    2006 Ford E350 Super Duty 5.4 liter 182,000 miles Loud Rattle mostly at slower speeds

    Yesterday morning it was about 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the van made the loud rattle for first few blocks almost continually. It seems like even fairly smooth roads cause the rattle I dread the thought of cleaning out the van so someone can walk around. I have a painting/handyman business and...
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    2006 Ford E350 Super Duty 5.4 liter 182,000 miles Loud Rattle mostly at slower speeds

    I posted this some time ago, but finally blamed it on the extension ladder on the roof racks. Extension ladder is gone only 8' and 10' step ladders with 4 ratchet straps per ladder and a couple bungee cords on each. The rattle sounds the same as it did before the ladder change. Every bolt is...
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    This goes back to an ongoing post, not a problem. adding dual batteries to an E350.

    Because I use my under hood battery as the one that powers everything when the engine is not running (key in off/ lock position), and the frame mount battery as the one that is activated when the key is turned to (on/start) and stays activated/charged, should I use a deep cycle battery under the...
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    This goes back to an ongoing post, not a problem. adding dual batteries to an E350.

    I have been using regular vehicle batteries. My set up uses the under hood battery to power cargo and cab lights ( 8 led bulbs ), and anything else that pulls power while engine is off. Then as soon as the key is turned on power is supplied for starting and both are charged by the alternator...
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    This goes back to an ongoing post, not a problem. adding dual batteries to an E350.

    Just an update. A couple weeks after the second volt gauge install that gauge would fail to show voltage until several minutes after starting the engine. After couple more weeks went by the time increased until, finally the second battery circuit did not activate at all. After looking for a...