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Old 08-23-2006, 02:25 PM   #1
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replacing sway bar links

Does anybody know a trick to removing the links I have them all removed but this ball looking thing i have tried heat and a tie rod wedge with no luck The only option i can think of is a cutting torch. Thanks for any help

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By "tie rod wedge" I assume you are talking about what is commonly called a "pickle fork," due to its appearance.

There is another type of tie rod removal press, and it looks like a see-saw, with one end (a fork) going under the the ring in the sway bar, and the over (a center finger) the threaded stud, and the other end a threaded bolt that when tightened spreads that end apart, which causes the other end to come together, forcing the stud to be pressed against the sway bar ring.

Using that device, the link pops out, usually w/ a rife-shot type sound. You can help it by applying pressure w/ the press, then a little heat (not too hot) on the sway bar end or by hitting the ring of the sway bar smartly w/ a hammer.

In fact, some swear the best way to remove the link is to simply beat the crap out of the end of the sway bar (NOT the threaded stud) with the nut loosened and the stud pops loose immediately. I prefer to use the press! You never know, you might miss and really damage something w/ a big hammer.

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Does anybody know a trick to removing the links I have them all removed but this ball looking thing i have tried heat and a tie rod wedge with no luck The only option i can think of is a cutting torch. Thanks for any help

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:48 AM   #3
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So I got the bottom of sway bar link off but when I went to unscrew the top of the link with the weird joint, the nut would turn on the bolt but it would not become loosened or tightened and the bolt would not move either.... Any help or experience?
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