Hardlymoving writes about do-it-yourself automobile maintenance on various makes and models.
Replacing the Stabilizer
As a rule, when I replace suspension struts, I replace the stabilizer (sway bar) links since they're typical wear items and they are low-tech, inexpensive, and easy to replace. One time I replaced a customer's struts and didn't replace the stabilizer links, to save him money, and wow! ... I couldn't believe how much noise was coming from the front end during a test drive! Maybe the strut mounts, ball joints, control arm bushings, or the stabilizer bar links were worn out? I decided to replace the cheapest and easiest parts first ... the stabilizer bar links. Problem solved! All the noise disappeared!
This article, via video, will show you how to replace the sway bar (stabilizer) links on a high-mileage '99 Toyota Corolla. If you decide to perform this repair, I recommend you replace these links in pairs. In my experience, if one link is bad, then the other is probably going bad too and not far behind.
For the Toyota Corolla, you'll need a 14-mm box wrench, a 4-mm hex socket, and some penetrating oil. If the stabilizer bar link studs and nuts appear rusty, I recommend you wire brush them down and do an overnight soak with penetrating oil. If the link's center hex shaft appears rusty, make sure the 4 mm hex socket is seated all the way into the shaft; otherwise, when you apply torque to remove the nut, the center shaft may slip and spin, and strip the interior's contact points. If that happens, you'll have to cut the links off with a reciprocating saw or rotary cut-off disc.
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