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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2011, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Replacing front sway bar bushing

I plan to replace the front sway bar bushing of my 99 intrepid. According to the service manual, I just need to raise the car on a jack stand and start to remove the sway bar bushing retainer.
I wonder if I do it this way, will the sway bar move away from its original location when the bushings are removed? Should I also remove the sway bar links? Thanks.
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I did this this weekend on my Special, don't remove the links. Get it up on the stands and take off both retainers. This way you can move the bar around enough to get the old bushings off and the new ones off. When I put the new ones on, I just put a bit of grease in the bushings. Another thing to keep in mind, when you re-install the bolts holding the retainers on it's very easy to cross thread them for some reason. Good luck.
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The important thing is to have either both wheels totally off the ground or totally loaded (off the ground probably easiest) when doing work on the sway bar. If you have one wheel on the ground and one off, the sway bar will be wound like a spring with a lot of stored energy - that makes it difficult to turn the bolts, and when they come loose, you could get hurt by the sudden release of that energy,

The bolts can be very hard to turn - they are made that way on purpose (some are not that tight, others feel like they're going to wring off when you are turning them and will give your hands and arms quite a workout). Highly suggest you put anti-seize on the threads when putting them back in.


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Did mine a month or so ago on the 01 Trep... ditto previous two posts. Get the front end up in the air, and I removed both front tires, went in through the wheel well to reach the bolts for the bushing retainers.

I cleaned up the bolts with a wire brush after removal, and definitely use a dab of anti-seize when re-installing. I was able to use my fingers to get them installed most of the way - didn't experience any difficulty in turning until they started to 'seat' the assembly.

Good luck! It's a pretty simple repair.
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Thank you all for the tips! I will do it this weekend.
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