How To Change Front Sway Bar Bushings

Your bushing has worn down and you need to know how change front sway bar bushings on your car. The sway bar bushings affects the control of your steering and makes a rattling noise on the front end of your car, especially when you hit bumps. When the sway bar bushing is worn down it can make your car be and feel unsafe. The sway bar bushing helps with the control of the car when leaning because the bar connects the right and left wheels together. That bar can get damaged or worn over time. With the right equipment you will be able to change the front sway bar bushings on your car.      

 To change the front sway bar bushings you need:

  • Wrench set
  • 1/2-inch ratchet
  • 1/2-inch socket
  • Pry bar
  • New bushings
  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Safety goggles
  1. Apply the emergency brake to your car. Make sure your vehicle is parked on a flat surface. Jack the front end of the car up. Place a jack stand in a secure place under the car. Allow enough space for you to lie underneath the car.
  2. Locate the sway bar bushing. Follow the sway bar from behind the front tire to where it is mounted by a bracket. Depending on your car there can be components in the way of the sway bar. Move any components out of the way to have full access to the sway bar brackets. The brackets are mounted by a couple of bolts.
  3. Remove the mounting bolt. Get all of your tools and bring them under the car with you. Put on your safety goggles. Look for the mounting bolt. More than likely it will be on the passenger side. Use your ratchet, socket and wrench to help you to remove the mounting bolt.
  4. Remove the old bushing and replace the new bushing. Find a good leverage point by flipping up the bracket and sliding the bushing towards the wheel. Use the pry bar to pry the bushing off of the slotted opening. Once the old bushing is removed, place the new bushing onto the sway bar. Use the pry bar to help push the new pushing on the sway bar in place. Be patient because it can be quite difficult to remove and replace the bushing due to its making of rubber-coated steel.
  5. Replace the bolts. Tightened the bolts with the ratchet, socket and wrench anyway you need them to assist you. Replace any components you needed to remove. Take off of your tools and jack stands out from underneath the car. Lower the car and remove the jack. Once you lower the hood and remove the emergency break you can enjoy your new, smooth ride.
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