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Old 27 Jul 2012, 11:20 pm
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Default Just Replaced Sway Bar To LCA Links

I just finished replacing the 2 links from the sway bar (aka stabilizer bar) to the lower control arm (LCA)

It's pretty easy to do.

-Jack up the car.
-Insert jack stands.
-Remove front tire.
-Put a vise grip on the metal "nut" that is at the top of the link, it is very thin and hard to notice on a dirty link.
-Use a 15mm socket to unscrew the bolt.
-The vise grip will keep the nut from spinning.
-The top and bottom bushing will fall away.
-Use a crowbar to separate the sway bar from the LCA to remove the center bushing.
-Install the new link by starting with the center bushing.
-It is going to be considerably bigger then the space you have between the sway bar and the LCA.
-Use a second jack to lift the LCA and give it more distance from the sway bar.
-Don't lift too much as you still want your car to remain on the jack and jack stands that you used in step one.
-Then use a crowbar to pry the sway bar down enough to insert the new center bushing so it lines up with the hole in the sway bar and the hole in the LCA.
-Then insert the bolt in the lower bushing and thread the bolt through the center bushing and screw it into the top bushing that will be threaded.
-The center bushing is made up of two pieces plus a small black insert in the middle.
-The insert has a small lip on it that may catch the bolt as you try to thread it through.
-Make sure the lip is facing up when you insert the center bushing between the sway bar and the LCA to minimize catching.
-If the bolt does catch use the crow bar to increase the gap between the sway bar and the LCA and that should help straighten out the center bushing to let the bolt go through.
-Tighten the bolt and you're good to go.
-Remove the jack on the LCA.
-Put the tire back on, remove the stands, lower the car, remove the jack.

The only thing that I found unusual when i did this job was the amount of compression on the center bushing.
It's brand new and it really compresses and changes shape before your eyes as it conforms to it's new home between the sway bar and the LCA.
I hope that's normal.
Anyone know?

The car rides nice now and a lot quieter too.

Hope this helps someone

Edit: I think I may have posted this to the wrong place. If it is please move it. Thanks

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Old 31 Jul 2012, 10:55 pm
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The only thing that I found unusual when i did this job was the amount of compression on the center bushing.
It's brand new and it really compresses and changes shape before your eyes as it conforms to it's new home between the sway bar and the LCA.
I hope that's normal.
Anyone know?
Sorry for bumping my own post, but I had asked a question and did not receive any answers.

Maybe the post was too long and people didn't read it all the way to the question, so I am bumping it back to the top in hopes of getting some info on this.

Also I am still hearing a thunk thump coming from the front even though everything looks fine with the suspension. What could I be missing?

Thanks for any input.
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Sorry for bumping my own post, but I had asked a question and did not receive any answers.

Maybe the post was too long and people didn't read it all the way to the question, so I am bumping it back to the top in hopes of getting some info on this.

Also I am still hearing a thunk thump coming from the front even though everything looks fine with the suspension. What could I be missing?

Thanks for any input.
Replace the sway bar bushings; where the bar mounts to the frame. Rock Auto carries the Moog neoprene's for cheap. You do not have to take the new links back off or even loosen them to replace the bar bushings.

You can check the existing ones, but I'm guessing they will be well worn and cracked. If that's not the problem, post what you find and we can try again.
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Replace the sway bar bushings; where the bar mounts to the frame. Rock Auto carries the Moog neoprene's for cheap. You do not have to take the new links back off or even loosen them to replace the bar bushings.

You can check the existing ones, but I'm guessing they will be well worn and cracked. If that's not the problem, post what you find and we can try again.

Thanks for the info.


I did look at them and they seemed to be in OK shape but I could not figure out a way to put some stress on them to see if it would make a noise when released.
However, I bet they are pretty cheap so I will just change them.

Do you know if there a "how to" on changing these bushings?

Thanks again for your help.
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u-shaped bracket with a bolt on each end. should only have to remove one bolt then remove old bushing and slide new one on. the bushing is round with one side sliced to easily wrap around the swaybar.
might have to bend the bracket a bit to slide the bushing in. put the bolt back in and tighten 'er up.
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Also I am still hearing a thunk thump coming from the front even though everything looks fine with the suspension. What could I be missing?
How many miles do you have on the struts? Replacing our 02's cured the thumping (upper spring seat and bearing were worn)
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Old 01 Aug 2012, 01:03 pm
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u-shaped bracket with a bolt on each end. should only have to remove one bolt then remove old bushing and slide new one on. the bushing is round with one side sliced to easily wrap around the swaybar.
might have to bend the bracket a bit to slide the bushing in. put the bolt back in and tighten 'er up.
Thanks soyomb

I am going to have a look at it this weekend.
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How many miles do you have on the struts? Replacing our 02's cured the thumping (upper spring seat and bearing were worn)
Got 45000 miles on the car now.

I have bounced the car up and down with my body weight on the fender and I don't hear anything.

Is there a way to check this out and know for sure it's the struts?

Thanks for your help
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At 45k, its probably not the struts. The only way for sure is to remove and check the upper bearing.
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At 45k, its probably not the struts. The only way for sure is to remove and check the upper bearing.
Thanks for the info 767skyking
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