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Old 01 Nov 2003, 10:35 pm   #1 (permalink)
Jingyuan Zhang
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Hello, All,

The rear sway bar of my 93 camry LE, 4 cylinders, can be moved from
left to right for about half an inch. The bushings are dry and need to
be replaced, the links can also be turned. I am wondering if the links
need to be replaced too. Do you know how to test if a link is bad? It
is very hard to find repalcement rear sway bar links. Locar parts
stores such as Advance Auto Parts do not have rear links.

Thanks a lot.

Jingyuan
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Old 02 Nov 2003, 08:16 am   #2 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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zhang@mybluelight.com (Jingyuan Zhang) wrote in message news:<7f59570f.0311012035.2a55bdd0@posting.google. com>...
The bushings are dry and need to
> be replaced, the links can also be turned. I am wondering if the links
> need to be replaced too. Do you know how to test if a link is bad?


Links are expensive, bushings are cheap. Plus you'll probably have to
go the the dealer for the links, but there are lots of online genuine
Totyota parts at discounts.
The recommended test for links is to remove them from the car, hold
one end in a vice (padded jaws) rotate one end three times and then on
the fourth revolution measure resistance in inch pounds against the
specification.
Probably, overly expensive and unnecessary, but I replaced the front
sway bar links when the rubber boots cracked and leaked a small amount
of grease. Personally, I would not replace the rear sway bar links
unless the boots leaked grease even if there was some wear at the
links.
Bushings are another story. Inexpensive, easy to replace, make a big
improvement. If the bushings are even questionable, I would replace
them.
I replaced the front bushings just because they were squeaking from
being dry. Try using some silicone grease with the new bushings.
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