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#1 HDWildBill OFFLINE  

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Posted February 14, 2013 - 06:01 PM

I had to replace the rear brake shoes on my truck and decided to check the front pads while I was at it.  I've been hearing a tump from the front end when I hit a bump.  Well I believe I found the problem today.  When I pulled the wheel off on the left front I was the end of the torsion bar was shot.  My question is there a name for the piece that connects the torsion bar with the suspension?

 

Here are a couple of PIc's of what I'm talking about.  Sorry they are so dark, the camera flash did not go off but it was dark in the shop.

 

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Posted February 14, 2013 - 06:03 PM

Bill, I think they are called Sway Bar links or stops.

 

Best I can do.


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 06:21 PM

Yup  Sway Bar Link   Should be able to buy a replacement kit at any auto parts store.


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 06:29 PM

Bill, I think they are called Sway Bar links or stops.

 

Best I can do.

 

:ditto:

 

Seems i have put a few on the old truck over the years.



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Posted February 14, 2013 - 07:00 PM

You do not have a torsion bar suspension you have coil springs.  The part I and others believe you are talking about is your sway bar end links It is a very common part to fail and make a lot of clunking noise over bumps.  If not replaced they will in time break in two.  Its not a real big deal but they should be replaced.  Good Luck.

 

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Posted February 14, 2013 - 07:11 PM

Hey Bill, If it is just the top rubber grommets that are bad then you can get just them at Auto zone. Part # SL310, they are only $5.49.

 

If you need the entire end link they list them also. one side is $10 the other is $17.

 

Most cases Just the rubber is shot on the end links. I have had my share that I had to cut or grind out, but these are a little better design.

 

I just got off the phone with Auto Zone At 355 Carrollton ST, Temple GA. They have them in stock and have a set on hold if you need them :D

 

I forgot to add they are open to 9pm


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 07:39 PM

Thanks for the reply's.  Chris I wish I could say or do more then just say Thank You.  :thumbs:  I'll ride over there in the morning.  It is the bottom part that is perished so I think the whole link needs to be replaced on both sides.  It doesn't look hard to do.  

 

Are there any gotchca's replacing  the link?


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 07:39 PM

yeah I would get it replaced. I hsvr never forgot breaking one on a 51 Desoto while going around a corner. Good thing I was in town leaving a stop sign or i would have rolled it.


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 08:03 PM

Bill just remember that it is attached to both sides so when you undo it there may be pressure. Like balljoints and tie rods, I replace them in pairs to keep the front end balanced. When assembling it you may have to put a jack under the control arm.

 

When you have time, www.rockauto.com  is one of the least expensive places for parts. They've bailed me out with parts that all others said were no longer available.

 

How did your son make out today?


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 08:06 PM

Jack is correct. All the individual partss  are usually available at most parts stores for sway bars .

 

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Posted February 14, 2013 - 08:58 PM

yup deff sway bar links.  Do yourself a big favor.  Before you call it a day, put the front tires back on, jack bout 2" off the floor then put a pry bar or something under the tire and lift up.  If the tire moves, better change those ball joints, prob the lowers they usually go first.  Just mentioning this because thats pretty common with the noise your hearing.


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 09:00 PM

I would replace the links.  Don't just do the bushings, its not that expensive and you have to pull it apart anyway, why half A$$ it......


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 09:34 PM

I would replace the links.  Don't just do the bushings, its not that expensive and you have to pull it apart anyway, why half A$$ it......

Ditto, plus get the good Moog or AC Delco ones that are greaseable! Auto zone and many other part stores that offer "life time replacement" are great if you don't mine replacing them every two years. I use site below if you need shocks, brake or suspension parts, all high end at every good prices,    http://www.justsuspe...CFQjf4Aod93MALA


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 11:28 PM

All good advice Thanks.  FL I'll check the ball joints out as well.  :thumbs:

 

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Posted February 15, 2013 - 09:06 AM

Ditto on what everyone else said, just replace the whole assemble. Cut them off with hack saw, sawzall, or my favorite, 4 1/2 grinder and then replace. Too cheap to fight to take the nuts off then they will be boogered in the end anyway. Usually the center links are badly rusted away in the middle which will cause to break down the road.


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