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PA Blondie 05-11-2013 05:09 PM

Sway bar
 
Got my oil change done today and they told me my front right sway bar is broken. Not sure if it is the connecter or the bar, looked through my Haynes manual and couldn't find any reference to a sway bar, Is there another name for it? How hard is it to replace/fix?

Water Dog 05-11-2013 05:28 PM

The Haynes manual calls it a stabilizer bar, that's probably why you didn't find it. Most likely you just broke an end link on it - the part on each end that connects the bar to the axle. Very easy to replace with basic tools.

PA Blondie 05-11-2013 05:50 PM

To me it looks lke a ball joint has popped out of place when comparing the 2 sides.

Jerry Bransford 05-11-2013 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by PA Blondie (Post 3745174)
To me it looks lke a ball joint has popped out of place when comparing the 2 sides.

That is fairly common. Most fix it by replacing both links with an aftermarket quick disconnect kit like from JKS. That is also probably cheaper than buying a new replacement link from the dealer.

You can drive it like that while deciding, though it will handle a bit sloppier around curves & corners. You may be able to find a used replacement OE link being sold or offered for free in the classifieds by someone who replaced their factory links with quick disconnects.

PA Blondie 05-15-2013 05:50 AM

I'm looking at replacing the sway bars at this point. I'm looking on ebay but I really don't know what I am looking for. I see stuff on some of them about lifts, not sure if that is for a lift already done or does it lift the Jeep.

Should I do both front and back if replacing? What kind do you recommend? Any advice would be appreciated.

MLaborde 05-15-2013 05:54 AM

I definitely wouldn't go to the trouble & expense of replacing both sway bars & all 4 links if all that is broken is one front link.

But it's your Jeep & cash...

PA Blondie 05-15-2013 06:45 AM

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This is what I'm looking at.. if I don't need to replace it what parts do I need?

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smokey01 05-15-2013 06:50 AM

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Originally Posted by PA Blondie (Post 3756958)
This is what I'm looking at.. if I don't need to replace it what parts do I need?

That's your sway bar link. If it was me I would just go to the auto parts store and get new a new one. It is always best to replace in pairs so make sure you get one for the other side

upin1212 05-15-2013 07:04 AM

Unless your going to off road it hard. Just buy them at auto zone there like $30

PA Blondie 05-15-2013 09:01 AM

For this part do you recommend new or used?

NC Bear 05-15-2013 09:09 AM

new, Advance has Moog in stock, replace both...

TJDave 05-15-2013 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by PA Blondie (Post 3757272)
For this part do you recommend new or used?

If you have no serious plans for offroading your Jeep with the front sway bar disconnected, Just get a new stock link. A used one may not last very long.

MLaborde 05-15-2013 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by smokey01 (Post 3756972)
That's your sway bar link. If it was me I would just go to the auto parts store and get new a new one. It is always best to replace in pairs so make sure you get one for the other side

Agree. Unless you do heavy offroading, you don't need expensive disconnectable links. Inexpensive stock links are fine.

Napa, Autozone, ebay, RockAuto.com, etc... Sway bar link or stabilizer bar link. I replaced mine with greasable links but it's not necessary.

It's straightforward to replace them yourself. You can use a pickle fork (cheap on rockauto.com) or you can remove the entire sway bar, place it on an elevated surface, & hit the top of the link with a big hammer to get the old links out.

The new ones just bolt back in their place. I suggest new grade 8 (12.9 grade in metric) hex bolts for the bottom of the new links, though. The torx head bolt are a pain in the ass to deal with.

EDIT: I noticed that you found this while having your oil changed. If you aren't a DIY-type girl, buy your own parts & let a shop do it. Keep in mind that if a shop charges more than an hour for labor (at the VERY most it's a 1/2 hour job), find a new shop or get a buddy to do it for a 12 pack of beer.

PA Blondie 05-15-2013 09:23 AM

I do plan on taking her offroad, doing some rock crawilng, but nothing to advanced for a while.

PA Blondie 05-15-2013 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by MLaborde (Post 3757306)
EDIT: I noticed that you found this while having your oil changed. If you aren't a DIY-type girl, buy your own parts & let a shop do it. Keep in mind that if a shop charges more than an hour for labor (at the VERY most it's a 1/2 hour job), find a new shop or get a buddy to do it for a 12 pack of beer.


I plan on being a DIY girl, getting tools and learning slowly. I did ask a offroad place locally and they estimated 1/2 hr for install. I do have a friend down in MD who can help me, he does have all the tools, If I help him with building his new rig he will help with whatever fixes he can do from his home garage. He has built out several rigs for rock crawling.

I will probably give him some beer and cupcakes(I'm a professional baker) for his time.

MLaborde 05-15-2013 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by PA Blondie (Post 3757376)
I plan on being a DIY girl, getting tools and learning slowly. I did ask a offroad place locally and they estimated 1/2 hr for install. I do have a friend down in MD who can help me, he does have all the tools, If I help him with building his new rig he will help with whatever fixes he can do from his home garage. He has built out several rigs for rock crawling.

I will probably give him some beer and cupcakes(I'm a professional baker) for his time.

That sounds like the way to go. Beer & cupcakes for 1/2 hour wrenching would work for me. :)

upin1212 05-15-2013 01:37 PM

Get new ones don't get used. If you plan on rock crawl get quick disconnect ones. There $100 save the hassle of redoing it.


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