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#1 (permalink) Old 12-28-2005, 10:49 PM
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Sway bar link broken -- is this dangerous?

I changed my oil the other day and noticed that my right-side sway (aka satabilizer) bar link is broken. It looks like it has been like that for a long time. Is it really dangerous for me to keeo driving like this? As I mentione before, I think it may have been broken for a while -- maybe even since before I bought the car. I haven't noticed any changes in handling. I am going to change the links on both sides ($30 each), but not until I come back from a short trip overseas. Please fill me in on your opinions.

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it just wont plant the opposite wheel in the turn when you turn sharply (eg, making a hard left your rear left wheel will have a much greater tendency to lift off the ground)

it'll upset the overall suspension feel but wont kill you.

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That is what I thought. I will do a bunch of stuff at once after I get back from my trip and get my 3 up on jackstands.

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I accidentally didn't re-attach the swaybar droplink when I replaced a snapped LCAB lolypop bolt and took it for a test drive... it felt really weird and clunked once like a mofo, which made me go "OH SH$&#$ WHAT WAS TAHT!"


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I am quite sure I have yet to experience the joy of driving my car to the fullest. I believe I need new shocks/springs, my brakes need to be replaced, and I have that sway bar issue. I think I also should replace my CABs.

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Theyre 20 bucks ar autohausaz.com

http://autohausaz.com/search/product...y%20Bar%20Link

You can drive with them broken.. but the car handles weird and will make a weird clunking sound when you turn as bitcore said..

If your links are old enough to be broken, whats the conditon of the rest of your suspension?

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^^ Thanks for the link. The rest of my suspension needs attention too. A year ago I was off the road for a few days because my left-side rear lower control arm broke. The first thing I will do is replace the sway bar links. I am quite certain my bushings need replacing (I hear it can be a pain getting them out and in). Many people around here drive BMWs, but I do not know any of them. I wish someone from werkz were around to get in my car and tell me if it feels teh way an e36 should

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hell, if your sway is snapped.... Look at your tierods. If one of those snaps, you *WILL* loose *ALL CONTROLL* of your car... The side that snaps, you will have ZERO steering control and the wheel will turn however it wishes to turn, and wont be limited to steering lock anymore...



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