Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Aurora, CO
Chapter: West Coast
Drives: 1997 Mercury Sable LS
Rep Power: 20
The best way to determine if the sway arm bushings are bad is to disconnect the sway bar from the endlinks, both sides.
If the sway bar move freely you need new bushings. Before buying new endlinks I would verify if they are tight to the strut and sway bar. My bushings were so bad gravity moved the sway bar when disconnected. Make sure you disconnect the vacuum line to the brake booster or you'll be buying a vacuum manifold as well. This is located on the driver's side firewall. And the reason why you have to do this is because you have to drop the subframe to swap out the sway arm bushings.
I've had front-end mechanics grab the sway bar and try to move it while attached to the endlinks. And then they say "feels good" to me. Yeah people now days just don't understand how to go about listening to the customer or just don't give a crap.
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