For every turn, acceleration, or sudden stop your car's axles are at risk of negative rotation, and your bushings are vulnerable to displacement. Fortunately, every car is equipped with a traction bar that keeps the axles from slanting, and secures the bushes in place whenever the vehicle is in motion. The traction bar is made of steel tubes covered by pivoted brackets at both ends. It is located in both the front and rear sides of the automobile-its job is to keep the road feel smooth, and provide better handling for drivers. A broken traction bar would mean a definite risk as there would be no supportive component to secure the bushings as well as the axles in their proper places. If you notice harsh clunking sounds coming from either the rear or front axles, you better check the traction bars, and have it repaired. To make it easier for you, here's a step-by-step guide on how to fix broken traction bars.
Tools you'll need:
- Jack stands
- 3-5 Rubber snubbers
- Traction bar replacement
- Lock washers
Step 1: Raise the clearance under the vehicle with heavy-duty jack stands. Locate the area where you will be installing the traction bar replacement.
Step 2: Use the jack stands to position the traction bar replacement just beside the axle. Depending on your car's specifications, you would have to clear out some parts of the suspension system such as shock mounts, U-bolts and brake lines.
Step 3: Place the stock springs above the traction bar, and bolt it loosely using a wrench. Avoid fitting it too tight, and leave at least a 1-inch opening from the leaf spring as you'll have to fit in the rubber snubbers on it afterwards.
Step 4: Insert the rubber snubbers in the stock spring opening you left in step 3. The number of snubbers can vary depending on your car's size and weight. Excessive snubbers can reduce handling comfort, so make sure to calibrate the snubbers according to your vehicle's specifications.
Step 5: Tighten the bolts on the stock spring, and use lock washers to secure the traction bar in place. Remove the jack stands, and test the vehicle's acceleration. If you feel like the traction bar is too tight, loosen the stock spring, and remove one or two snubbers.
Installing traction bars can be quite a hassle for DIY beginners. To avoid difficulty in installing the traction bar, ask for expert opinion, or do some research on the matter.