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Unread 08-05-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
picflight
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How to change Sway bar link

I think it is a stabilizer bar linkage that has come loose and hitting the spring.

Picture is take inside the right wheel well, front of the jeep is to the right.

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Every time I entered a driveway or drove into a gas station I would hear this horrible noise from the front-end. I had the steering box replaced about 3 months ago and this noise started happening about a couple of weeks after the steering box replacement. I have only driven about 200 miles since the steering box replacement.

Do you think that this came off because of the inept service technician?
It is worth taking it back to him, will they accept if it is their mistake?


How do I fix this if I have to do it? Anyone has detailed instructions?

[EDIT]
After some search I found that this part is called Sway bar Link


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Unread 08-09-2010, 05:11 AM   #2
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yea thats the swaybar end link. to tell the truth the dealer is gonna want about 75 apiece for the OEM ones, that one in the pic is dead beyond repair. your better off just ordering a set of JKS quicker disconnects, they are meant for off roading and crawling, but they would actually end up being cheaper than the OEM replacements. they are relatively easy to install

i doubt that came off due to the tech but its possible, i seriously doubt they would admit fault and fix it for free
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[QUOTE=slayercr23;12630497]How would i go about Stroking it?[/QUOTE]
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Unread 08-09-2010, 08:06 AM   #3
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super glue will fix that one. JK, buy the sway link and replace it, its easy. BTW, it came loose from wear and tear, nothing your mechanic did.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 08:57 PM   #4
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alright i was close: called the dealer today and a swaybar end link for a 96 ZJ 5.2= $68.59 + tax. i would never replace a part like that as one, i would do it as a pair so thats $140, JKS QD's are $163 and much higher quality
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[QUOTE=slayercr23;12630497]How would i go about Stroking it?[/QUOTE]
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Unread 08-10-2010, 05:27 AM   #5
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alright i was close: called the dealer today and a swaybar end link for a 96 ZJ 5.2= $68.59 + tax. i would never replace a part like that as one, i would do it as a pair so thats $140, JKS QD's are $163 and much higher quality
Thanks for the help.

I have read these forums alot in the past couple of days and am somewhat encouraged to replace these myself, just have to make sure that I have the tools, torx bits and sort.

I will also replace the sway bar bushings while I am at it.

If anyone in the San Fernando Valley area of CA has done this replacement, has the space and time to do this for me, I would appreciate. PM me with your labor charge. Thanks
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Unread 01-16-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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I'm in the middle of doing this myself...how far down should I tighten the bolts and compress the rubber? till I cant tighten them anymore? or less? should I put lock tite or something like that on the bolts?
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Unread 01-16-2011, 03:10 PM   #7
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spec is 45 ft lbs
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Unread 01-16-2011, 03:11 PM   #8
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on top and bottom?
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Unread 01-16-2011, 04:56 PM   #9
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bottom is 70 . Lock tite isn't really needed
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Unread 01-16-2011, 09:03 PM   #10
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MOOG makes a nice grease-able one, I was going to change mine thinking they were causing a noise but it turned out to be the sway bar bracket bushings. When they go I'll just pop em on...
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Unread 01-17-2011, 01:12 AM   #11
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do you wheel your jeep?
if not i would just get factory replacements from napa or i think iro has some cheap ones
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Unread 01-18-2011, 12:04 AM   #12
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I've broken both a front one and a rear one. Don't worry about it. It happens.
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