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Old 01-30-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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Dk Exp Need help removing broken sway bar end links

Hello,

I have a 2000 Ford Explorer XLT, AWD. Both of my front sway bar end links have broke. The nut on the top seemed to have popped off as well as the bushings.

What I have left is the bottom bushings and a nut. I tried loosening this nut but it keeps turning. I hosed it down with WD-40 and hammered it from the top and it still is not budgeing.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:58 PM   #2
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try jacking up the lower control arm, it may be in a bind.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response.

Should I put the jack in the piece of end link that sticks through the bottom?
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:11 PM   #4
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no, on the lower control arm, under the ball joint should probably work
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:52 PM   #5
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Just had the same problem, it was a huge pain to get them off cause the bolt is so rusted on, i had to pry and pry at the bottom to slowly get the bolt to slide from the original plastic pipe its in. If i would have had a way of cutting id choose that way first.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:55 PM   #6
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i torched em LOL




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Old 05-27-2009, 09:57 PM   #7
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Use a vise grip to grap the entire bolt, then use a ratchet to loosen the bottom nut. Eventually if you use enough force, the plastic surrounding the bolt will break off.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:46 PM   #8
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i torched em LOL
That's what I did too...

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Old 05-28-2009, 12:27 AM   #9
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i grabbed mine and with enough force was able to snap them in half and then i cut the remainder off with a hacksaw. mine were so rusted a few strokes ( no pun intended) with the hacksaw and they fell off. I actually have to go back out in the morning and re-tighten them
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:19 AM   #10
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I got pissed and kicked mine. It snaped off and fell through the hole.




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