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Old 07-12-2013, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Shop tells me the front sway bar (not the links) needs to be replaced because the bushings or mounts are shot.

They say it involves dropping the cradle & quoted me $550 to replace with a new bar.

Is there any way to replace just the bushings/mounts without dropping the whole cradle?

What about cast-in-place urethane?

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Dave, pm Bull Geek (Nick).
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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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Sorry, I don't know what the sway bar is.

Anyone have a picture or a link to a picture?
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That was good write up. You included all the necessary directions, even the cussing.

Once you cut off the brackets, can you re-use them to hold the available replacements?
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Thanks, Bull Geek.

I'm thinking of using cast-in-place urethane to rebuild the bushings. (Too old to do the sort of wrenching needed for the real fix.)

Meanwhile, Unit 731:
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Sorry, I don't know what the sway bar is.

Anyone have a picture or a link to a picture?
It goes under a bunch of names: sway bar, anti-sway bar, roll bar, anti-roll bar, stabilizer bar.

In the diagram below, it's #7, a bar that goes from driver's to passenger's side front wheel. The wagon has one standard in the back as well, and some of the sedans do, too, especially SHOs. All Tauruses (and most if not all cars) have one on the front.

When one wheel's suspension is put into play (say, the driver's side on a hard right turn, when the car leans or rolls to the left), the bar draws the other side down, making the car more level.
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By the way, Bull Geek, the shop's fee included a brand new bar from the dealer, around $280 for the part.
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Thanks for the information.
Thanks for the pictures.
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By the way, Bull Geek, the shop's fee included a brand new bar from the dealer, around $280 for the part.
They apparently don't know the trade secret! - Or they are supporting the dealer's pocket.

I know the intention of doing that was to aid at the factory when assembling the vehicle. Doesn't help when they wear out - benefits Ford and the dealer when all you need are some bushings. Luckily just breaking the welds allows you to access them.
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