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Sway bar links???

The front sway bar links on my '03 Sable OHC are the original parts, look to be very cheap quality, some kind of plastic. Now, I went to the "U Pull It" yard to find a good replacement, however, not only do I not know how to determine good from bad sway bar links, I'd also noticed that there are two different kinds, plastic and metal. What do I need to look for to determine whether good or bad?? Please advise. Thanks!!!!!
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Plastic are original junk ones. Aftermarket good ones are metal. But the ones with grease fittings are the best.
To get a used J yard one off may not be worth the work vs buying a new one. Those nuts rust on and pulling one at the yard will be a pain when the stud is spinning in it's mount.
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Plastic are original junk ones. Aftermarket good ones are metal. But the ones with grease fittings are the best.
To get a used J yard one off may not be worth the work vs buying a new one. Those nuts rust on and pulling one at the yard will be a pain when the stud is spinning in it's mount.
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I am not too sure OEM plastic ones are junk. Aftermarket one are for sure. My plastic OEM links easily lasted 140k miles on my 2006 and I replaced them only because I did struts. I saved them in my parts cabinet just in case. Metal ones other than Moog are suspect of being junk but you cant tell until you try them. I replaced the OEM ones with Advanced Auto Parts (Drive Works) metal ones and them failed in a year or two. They wouldn't take grease easily. TRW plastic ones failed in six months due to rotted boots and or boot retainers. Moog grease able links lasted about four years on my 2001 but had only 50k miles on them.

For some reason the parts are a high wear part and fail quite frequently in my opinion. OEM plastic ones seemed to last the longest in my experience but that is only based on three cars in my fleet.

I would skip the junk yard trips for them and buy Moogs off Ebay or RockAuto. If I had a broken down taurus that I was going to junk I would live with a bad link. Also you can't tell if it is bad unless you remove them to see how lose the ball socket is. Also most JY won't let you use a jack and it is hard to remove them without one.

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The OEM plastic (nylon) ones are pretty good, just not greaseable. When the grease hardens, gets dirty / gritty, leaks out, they are shot. Moog problem solver fronts are metal, and can be greased. Should last forever if greased on a regular basis.

Put Auto Zone end links for the rear sway bar on my 95 Vulcan when I got it in 2010 as the rubber bushings end link were shot. AZ ones failed (one broke in half!) within a month. Replaced with Moog problem solvers and been fine ever since.

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^+1. Endlinks are not a good jy candidate. Fairly inexpensive component(s) new.
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Material of the links does not matter. I have 2 Bulls and 1 Lin Cont, all use the same part number. Factory uses plastic and I have very little concern except:
In the pic, note this one had a hex for holding while tightening and less chance of the turning of other types messing with the boot. Also note, boot is held on by a spring wire retainer. Some brands use rubber bands and they are good for about a year or less. I could attach a pic of that but bad parts pics are not worth the effort. We all know.
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So far, I've had good luck with the Mevotech Supremes. Greaseable sockets, good quality boots, and the shaft diameter is larger than OEM.
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So far, I've had good luck with the Mevotech Supremes. Greaseable sockets, good quality boots, and the shaft diameter is larger than OEM.
I sure do appreciate the info. Thanks!!!
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I replaced plastic links on one of my cars, can't remember which one, with plastic TRW replacements and they only lasted a year before getting loose again. Moogs went in after that.

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I replaced plastic links on one of my cars, can't remember which one, with plastic TRW replacements and they only lasted a year before getting loose again. Moogs went in after that.
My try on TRW resulted in three replacements under warranty, each lasting six months. Rubber bands holding the boots on dry rotted and or the boots rotted. Advanced Auto finally would not replace them any more and gave me a credit towards Moog links.

At least when I was growing up TRW was a respected brand I was quickly convinced otherwise.
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