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Author Topic: Sway bar and Sway bar end link Replaced  (Read 10190 times, 11 Replies)
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« on: February 27, 2017, 07:22:50 PM »

Good Afternoon all,

First a great big thank you to Speleos for his information when I asked questions about replacing my sway bar bushings. I did some question asking here: http://www.acadiaforum.net/index.php?topic=42129.msg520945#msg520945
 This is a job ANYONE Can do, with a little confidence and a whole lot of patience.

A little back story. I've been experiencing some clunking for quite some time and had an issue with my brakes so a quick check at the dealer and a $176 CAD Bill and I thought I was on my way, part way home the clunking returned. They had only replaced one Sway bar End link and I was still getting clunking.
So to hell with it! I purchased new bushings and the other Sway bar End link from Rockauto.com at the tune of $60 CAD including shipping and awaited delivery!

Once the parts arrived, I got online and Speleos pointing me in the right direction, Jack the front end up, block the rear wheels even with the E-Brake engaged and go for it! Well 2 hours, both bushings and one link and I was done. Would have been faster had I realized I needed to hold on to the center of the end link nut while I undid it! Thank god for Ratcheting wrenches!
I can't imagine changing the bushings without removing an end link though. So much easier when you can move the sway bar around!!!
Please find attached pics and feel free to ask any questions.

Bad Sway bar bushing New and old



Sway bar bushing removed



Sway bar Bushing holder



New bushing installed!



Ratcheting Wrench a must!!!



New Sway bar End Link



Sway bar link meet sway bar!!!


Some of the tools I used!


After a few days of driving, I'm so satisfied! It's like driving a whole new car all over again!!!

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 07:48:12 PM »

Way to go!!! Nice pics, too.  thumbs up

I'm facing the same thing soon. I don't consider something like this a repair after 100K+ miles. It's more of a maintenance thing. Nothing broke - it just simply wore out. The same feeling holds for a set of brakes or anything of the sort which has served well.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 09:58:30 AM »

Im surprissed that the bushings and the endlinks are still good on my Traverse.
No rattles yet.

Though it appears that there are not problematic items... as they were on the Trailblazer/Envoy.
I remember lots of post on those.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 10:07:11 AM »

Im surprissed that the bushings and the endlinks are still good on my Traverse.
No rattles yet.

You'd be amazed at what seasonal changes and/or lousy roads can do to a car.  Grin Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 12:23:49 PM »

Yes, you should see one of the roads on my daily commute. It's very bumpy and this year full of pot holes. A few guys from my office and I use this road and we joke about either slalom'ing around the potholes or going 4x4'ing through them! Unfortunate, wear and tear. Hopefully won't be driving that road for too much longer!!!

It was weird too the Right Sway bar bushing was worn quite a bit more than the left but, the left was still worn a little???
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2017, 01:30:35 PM »

It was weird too the Right Sway bar bushing was worn quite a bit more than the left but, the left was still worn a little???

Seems like most of the "imperfections" on roads around here occur on the righthand side of the lane. That could have something to do with it.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2017, 04:40:42 PM »

Seems like most of the "imperfections" on roads around here occur on the righthand side of the lane. That could have something to do with it.

Hmmm. Just figured I turned one way more than the other???
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2017, 01:45:26 AM »

I have some clunking starting on mine with about 125k miles.  Probably look under and start with the usual suspects like on this post.  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2017, 09:43:08 AM »

Hmmm. Just figured I turned one way more than the other???

Something else to consider is that nearly all roads are not built level. They're crowned to facilitate drainage. When you drive down a two-lane road, your car leans slightly to the right. You can feel the shift from one side to another when you change lanes. Multi-lane roads can have several crowns depending on how the drainage is engineered.
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2017, 01:26:35 PM »

Great write-up and pictures, thanks.

This project is next on my list right after spark plug change.

I'll be purchasing a set of ratcheting wrenches for this, did you use metric or SAE? Also I'd be interested in the part #'s and mfg for both the bushings and end links and finally where are the preferred floor jack and jack stand location points. Thanks again.
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2017, 01:44:55 PM »

Thanks!

It's hard to describe where I put the Jackstands but, i didn't put them on the sills where your supposed to jack up the vehicle. I put them just past that where the frame meets the body. You'll see a really big bolt mounted through a frame member under there and that's where I put the stands on both sides. Also don't forget to block up your rear tires!!!

I bought the parts from Rock auto.

Stabilizer Bar Links --- http://www.rockauto.com/?carcode=1441288&parttype=7580(MevoTech) 

Bushings --- http://www.rockauto.com/?carcode=1441288&parttype=7624  (MOOG Bushings)

I used SAE Tools. Can't remember the exact sizes used 15 mm I think for the bushings and 19 mm and 8 or 10 mm for the links.

Enjoy!
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2017, 01:47:22 AM »

Thanks for documenting this and sharing with the forum.  thumbs up

 I also recently replaced my sway bar bushings and end links.  On mine, one side also showed significant more wear than the other.



You are right about the ratcheting wrench. I removed/replaced mine without one and what a pain!   flaming mad
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