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Old 09-14-2005, 04:35 AM   #1
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Default Sway Bar Link Replacement *With Pictures*

Sway Bar Link Replacement *With Pictures*

This is my first how-to, so bear with me. Suggestions/corrections welcome. I thought using links for the images was preferable to a bunch of attachments at the end.

The sway bay links are dogbone shaped metal pieces with ball joints at both ends that connect the rear sway bar on Sx2 vehicles to the rear suspension. Over time, these wear out and will eventually seize and break if not replaced. Checking the joints for movement at each end and the rubber boots for damage periodically is a good practice. Mine occasionally had a audible "clunk" in the rear from the broken pieces bumping together when the car went over bumps.

PHOTO: broken link

Replacement is a fairly easy job, aside from rusted on nuts that can cause difficulty. I performed this repair on a 98 SC2. This information is provided by me as an amateur, and should be verified if you are unsure of yourself. I'm not responsible for repairs gone wrong!

I paid US$103 including tax for both links at my local dealer. Genuine Saturn parts include new nuts. A few dollars could be saved by ordering from, etc.

Tools required

Jack stands
breaker bar and socket for lug nuts
14mm wrench
15mm socket (deep well preferred) and ratchet
penetrating oil (PB Blaster, etc)
torque wrench (optional, but recommended)

Chock front wheels, jack and properly support the rear of the vehicle. Do not work on a vehicle supported by a jack alone!

Remove rear wheels on the side(s) whose link(s) are to be replaced.

Spray penetrating oil on all link nuts, using caution to avoid getting overspray on brakes.

Remove both nuts from the link by holding the hex portion of the stud with a 14mm wrench, while removing the nut with a 15mm socket. A breaker bar may be used on the nut if it is frozen. Remove the other link if replacing both.

PHOTO: wrench position

PHOTO: old and new links

Insert the new link and torque nuts to 30 ft-lbs. Repeat on other side if replacing both links.

PHOTO: link inserted

PHOTO: link fully installed

Replace wheel(s) and lug nuts, lower vehicle and torque lug nuts to 103 ft-lbs.

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98 SC2m 131k

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