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Old 02-21-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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I have posted on here before under the subject This Part Is Broken, which I found out was my sway bar end link. I have a picture on the other post.

My problem is that, and I know I am not using the techinical terms, the ball part has become disconected from the cup part and I do not know how to get the ball part off of the sway bar. I was looking at the new end links and I see that the ball and cup should still be connected, well this is not the case.

Anybody with any ideas of how to get the stuck part off? I have tried wrenches, sockets, hammer etc. and it will not budge. I think my options are these:

1. Take it to the shop and have them fix it which means $$$$$$
2. Replace the sway bar and the put on the new end links.

If I can't get the ball part off. As always any help, guidance, or direction is GREATLY appreciated.

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Old 02-21-2010, 06:07 PM   #2
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It should just unbolt...if it doesn't spin, you need to break it free. Try hitting it with some PB Blaster and use a breaker bar...

If it's just spinning...try to get something to clamp down and hold it from spinning. You may end up needing to cut it off the sway bar. Just don't hit the sway bar itself...there's no reason you'll need to replace your whole sway bar because of that.

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Old 02-21-2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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Grab the ball with a nice big pair of vice grips, and use a breaker bar on the nut. Once the nut is off, you should be able to smack the stud with a BFH (Big F**in Hammer) to knock it out of the sway bar.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:11 PM   #4
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I had to wack it with a hammer pretty hard. Do not worry about the bolt getting damaged because you will be replacing it anyway. If it still does not come off ... pitman arm puller will do the trick.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:27 PM   #5
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What about a pickle fork? They're only bout $10 at Autozone...

...after the nut's been removed that is
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:31 AM   #6
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I have sprayed Liquid Wrench on it and let it set overnight. I may give the hammer another shot at it. BTW the nut came off with no problem it is just getting it off of the sway bar.

I will keep pounding on it and see what happens. Thanks again for the advice.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:55 AM   #7
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I'm having the same problem with my sway bar link, sort of. The nut on top of my link broke off but I couldn't replace it cuz the old one refuses to come off the sway bar. Just gonna have to try to force it out with a hammer or maybe vice grips lol
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:43 PM   #8
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Try to put some dead weight, like another big hammer, against the sway bar so it does not move when you pound on the end of the connector.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:32 PM   #9
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While I'm not fully addressing your issue, my friends ball & cup (just like the name) came apart and all we did was had her dad and I lift the front end while she adjusted and put it back in there. You might even be able to just jack up the front bumper though I can't promise you that damage won't occur. Or use a BFG.

Also, it takes shit-your-pants strength.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:45 PM   #10
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Go rent a 3-jaw puller from autozone. That's what I had to use to get mine out. The BFH wasn't cutting it, even after soaking with PB blaster for three days. The rental is free and I had it out in less than 5 minutes.

Edit: get the small 2 or 3 ton one
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:53 PM   #11
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i had the same issue but was stuck with a 2 jaw gear puller. i just locked it down with the puller as tight as i could. then hit it with a propane torch for about 30 sec and it popped right out and sounded like a gun shot.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:22 PM   #12
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Looks like I am going to have to go te puller route. I have hit it with Luquid Wrench and pounded on it fot about 30 minutes and it is not moving.

Ok so how do I use the puller? It looks like it clamps down on it and then just pull with????

Thanks again for the help. This is starting to make me angry......
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You want something like a pitman arm puller. Should pop it right off if the hammer didn't work.


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