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Thanks to your vehicle's sway bar, your wheels are kept rolling at the same pace even if you drive over road bumps. However, if you want to have this convenience for a long time, you need to protect it from excessive wear that comes with its function. But if you think that it involves heavy and costly vehicle maintenance, you couldn't have been more mistaken. You see, all you need to do is to make sure that it's equipped with high-quality components like the Sway Bar Link Bushing. Since the sway bar is linked into your vehicle's four wheels, you need to keep too much friction and noise from it so it could live longer. And this bushing can provide that protection for you as it cushions these deteriorating factors very well. Now, to guarantee that it won't easily give in to such straining task, it's crafted from high-strength materials that can resist heat, abrasion, and other road contaminants. On top of that, it's also customized to fit right into your vehicle's settings saving you from making unnecessary modifications to it. Plus, you can also ensure that its installation would be fast and simple. That said you won't need to hire a mechanic since you can practically accomplish it on your own. You can display your gratitude for your vehicle's sway bar by pairing it up with a good Sway Bar Link Bushing. And if you need a high-quality component, you can get it here at Auto Parts Warehouse today.

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Date Published: July 30,2014

Getting New Sway Bar Link Bushings: Quick but Solid Tips

These small, inexpensive components can mean the difference between a smooth, quiet ride, and a noisy, bumpy ride with serious handling problems. With the right information, getting new sway bar link bushings can be as quick and easy as reading this guide.

Your sway bar link bushings serve three basic functions:

  1. They shield your sway bars from excessive stress.
  2. They allow for better handling by providing a cushioned connection between your sway bars and the chassis.
  3. They significantly reduce noise and vibrations.

Here are two signs you need new sway bar link bushings:

  • Clunking and rattling sounds while driving - The noise is caused by your sway bar moving around too much.
  • Sloppy handling - This is when you feel a lot less stable when making turns.

Types of suspension bushing materials:

  • Rubber - These are usually the bushings you start out with. They are cheap, but can deteriorate quickly when exposed to oils or extreme temperatures.
  • Polyurethane - These are harder and much more durable than rubber bushings—they cost more too. They are a popular aftermarket upgrade. However, in time, these can still wear out, squeak, and compress.
  • Thermoplastic rubber (TPR) - These are the toughest of them all. Although more expensive than polyurethane bushings, these are much harder, last longer, and are virtually squeak-free.

Take note that harder and tougher bushings are not necessarily better. The harder the bushing, the harsher the ride. It depends on your vehicle and your driving application. Large vehicles with lots heavy-duty driving need tougher bushings. Smaller cars used for normal, day-to-day driving, however, would probably be fine with rubber bushings.

Other points to consider:

  • The size of the sway bars determines the size of the bushings. Make sure you know the specifications of your sway bars.
  • We recommend applying grease or lubricating oil to your new sway bar link bushings just before installing them.
  • Refer to your vehicle's owner manual for additional information (such as sway bar specifications, recommended bushings, and installation instructions).
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Date Published: July 30,2014

Staying Steady: Replacing Your Vehicle's Sway Bar Link Bushings

Your vehicle's sway bars, also known, probably more accurately, as "anti-sway" bars, keep your vehicle from leaning too much when making tight turns or going over extremely bumpy terrain. They are thin, tubular, metal bars that are bolted to the suspension on each side of your vehicle, thus connecting your left and right wheels. Protecting these bars from receiving too much stress are your sway bar link bushings. These bushings can get worn out over time. When that happens, they need to be replaced right away. With the right tools and basic mechanical skills, you can save on mechanic's fees by replacing your sway bar link bushings yourself.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Here's what you'll need:

  • Wheel chocks
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wrench and socket set
  • Torque wrench
  • Grease
  • Replacement link bushings
  • Vehicle owner manual

And here are the steps:

  1. Make sure your vehicle is parked on level ground. Place the wheel chocks behind the rear wheels of your vehicle.
  2. Use the floor jack to raise the front end of your vehicle. Set up the jack stands under the frame of each side, then lower your vehicle onto them.
  3. From under your vehicle, locate the front sway bar. You should find it near the lower suspension control arms. On either side of the front sway bar, you will find the sway bar end links.
  4. Use your wrench and socket set to remove the end link holding bolts from both the sway bar and the lower control arms. Remove the sway bar end links on both sides.
  5. If your sway bar end links are worn out and damaged, replace them with new ones. If not, simply slide the old bushings off the end links.
  6. Apply grease to your replacement bushings and slide them onto your swar bar end links.
  7. Reattach the sway bar end links. Use your torque wrench to tighten the bolts to the specifications provided by your vehicle owner manual. Over-tightening the bolts can compress the bushings and thus reduce their effectiveness.
  8. If your vehicle has a rear sway bar as well, then repeat the procedure on the rear end of your vehicle.
  9. Once you are finished, raise your vehicle, remove the jack stands, then lower your vehicle to the ground.

Refer to your vehicle owner manual for any specifications (such as component locations, torque requirements, etc.) that may require you to deviate from these general instructions.