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I am going to put some sway bars links on a friend's 2001 Sable. I was doing some searching and found that a special tool makes the job a lot easier. Is this tool necessary? Money is tight and I was wondering if we could get by without the special tool. Is this job impossible without the special tool?
 

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If they are like the older ones the tool is a metric allen wrench. to make fast work of removing the old ones use a sawzall and just cut off the top and bottom mount stud.
 

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I use an 8mm combination wrench to keep the stud from rotating, while I remove the sway bar link nut with an 18mm box-end wrench. I use the same tools for installation, except I finish up using an 18mm deep socket and a torque wrench to tighten the sway bar link-to-strut nut 62 lb.-ft. I tighten the sway bar link nut, going to the stabilizer bar, 42 lb.-ft.
 
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