Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Blythewood, SC 29016
Rep Power: 104
first of all, lol @ that shop.
Now - the bushings are probably failed. It is not a mission critical task. You can drive the car for the rest of its existence with failed bushings. Downside is it does affect the handling of the car. It may flop around more in an evasive maneuver.
Problem is the brackets are welded to the bar - so bushing replacement is a gigantic PITA.
Solution? Cut off the brackets.
To do this job, jack front end up, support it not under the subframe. Rest on stands. Remove endlink from sway bar (leave attached at strut). Put jack under the back of the subframe on rail that runs from the driver to the passenger side. Loosen/remove the bolts from the rear 2 subframe bushings. Slowly lower the subframe until it is dangling enough that you can get a wrench/socket in to remove the 2 sway bar bracket bolts. Put a stand or two under it to support incase the jack drops.
Now get your swearing dictionary out, review it, then finangle, twist, rotate the sway bar out of the car. On my 97, i Brought it out under the car, and attacked it from the passenger side.
Get the front end really high, you'll want the room.
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