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I wanna change the front sway bar end links on my 96 GL.
I got a 18 mm open ended wrench & and 8 mm.
Got a pair of McQuay-Norris end links (front)

can I crawl under and get this changed.. without jacking or removing the front tires.. i.e with the car on ground..
 

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I don't think so, you need to be able to move around a certain extent to get them off. if you do not have jack stands use a cynder block with some a piece of two by four on top as a stand. That should be safe, oh btw, do that at ur own risk.
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Originally posted by sundarpn@Mar 6 2004, 12:49 PM
I wanna change the front sway bar end links on my 96 GL.
I got a 18 mm open ended wrench & and 8 mm.
Got a pair of McQuay-Norris end links (front)

can I crawl under and get this changed.. without jacking or removing the front tires.. i.e with the car on ground..
You will find it difficult to get enough room to swing the wrenches on the ground.

As far as doing it without jackstands, please don't if you have to raise it.

Steve
 

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Ditto, a pair of $20 jackstands goes a long way...
 

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well, is it an easy job if I have a jack stand. I mean is it easy to get those bolts loose...
Will the jack stand hold the car securely, when I put my weight to get those bolts loose
 

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1) Put the parking brake on firmly. Loosen the the lug nuts about 1/4 turn on both front wheels.

2) Raise the entire front of the car (both sides) and secure it on jackstands. I use the rear of the subframe as a jack point, and the notches in the rocker panel for the jackstands.

3) Pull both front wheels. This will cut the time for the procedure in half, at the very least.

The rest is pretty simple. You never want to have only one side of the car off the ground when you are removing the end link(s). Remember, the job of the sway bar is to keep the car flat. If you have most of the weight on one side of the suspension, the sway bar is going to be loaded heavily. I pity the person who tries to remove the end link under those conditions!

And NEVER EVER EVER use a cinder block to support the car.
You'd be better off with a wicker basket! Seriously, cinder blocks are very brittle and they have been known to crumble under the weight of a vehicle, crushing anything or anyone underneath.
 
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Originally posted by sundarpn@Mar 7 2004, 10:39 PM
well, is it an easy job if I have a jack stand. I mean is it easy to get those bolts loose...
Will the jack stand hold the car securely, when I put my weight to get those bolts loose
I cannot stress enough, never, ever, work on a car without having it securely supported. Jackstands, ramps, whatever you need to use to securely hold the car up, use them. It's not worth risking your life, or injury because you didn't use jackstands, etc.

Autozone sells some that are $10, that will hold up a Taurus just fine.
 
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