front sway bar removal w/ pics

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front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by dlb » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:36 pm

we always talk about this but i don't remember seeing a good pictorial of it so i thought i'd document the removal of the one from my parts car.

first, jack the front up and put some jack stands under it. i like to put two under the x-member.

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remove the six 12 mm bolts holding the plastic splash guard in place and remove it.

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take the wheels off for better access and remove the 17 mm (or 19 mm? i can't remember) nuts from the ends of the sway bar. they will likely be hella rusted. an air or electric impact gun is your friend here, or at least a breaker bar with a long metal tube over the handle as an extension for greater torque.

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now put the jack under the front center part of the sway bar and go up just until the jack touches the sway bar. you don't want to lift it, you just want to support it so it's not pushing down when you perform the next step.

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undo the four 14 mm bolts that hold the sway bar to the x-member.

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lower the jack and the sway bar until the jack is just barely supporting the bar.

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use a hammer to tap a screwdriver in between the rearmost bushing and the control arm and then pry the bushing out. this part is tedious because the bushings are usually stuck in there pretty good.

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now pull the bar out of the control arms. it's under a bit of tension but is not too hard to pull out. pry off the frontmost bushing and remove the metal tube (or what's left of it) from the end of the sway bar. depending on how badly corroded the tube is you might have to get creative to remove it--a hammer and chisel usually work well but i've had to carefully use a grinder to remove the remains of one. OTOH, if the tube is completely reduced to dust already, just give the sway bar end a good brush off with a wire brush. here are the bushings and bar ends from the parts car. looks pretty good, right?

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but wait, the tube on this one doesn't look so hot...

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oh jeez! when i got the tube that looked good off, i could see that the bar itself is bottle-necked quite badly! this is dangerous because it is under so much pressure when turning while driving and can snap, sending the car careening out of control. bad stuff.

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here are four of the sway bar end tubes i removed this last week. the two on the right are the ones that just came off the parts car and the other two (i'm including the non-existent one that was rusted and crushed to dust) are off of my current project car. if you're not sure that yours are in better shape, you should take a look sooner than later.

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to put the sway bar back in, simply reverse all these steps. make sure the sway bar is right side up when you install it or you will have a hell of a time trying to figure out why it just won't fit. i know i did the first time. use anti-seize where applicable but don't get it on the bushings because it will eat them. be very careful about threading the bolts that attach the sway bar to the x-member--if the angle isn't right you will strip the threads in the holes and that will create a massive headache. just take your time and be patient about it. last tip, use a ratcheting cargo strap to squeeze the bar ends a bit (just an inch or two) when you slide the ends into the control arms. this is much easier than trying to compress it by hand. make sure the jack stands will not be in the way of the cargo strap though!

i stole this picture of keith's to explain what i mean about the cargo strap.

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by subterranean » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:29 pm

Hi there,

I tried to take off my sway bar this morning and my friend and I broke off the bolt that is on the end of the sway bar. At first, because of the rust, it looked like one solid piece of metal but looking at it more closely, it looks like that bolt was pressed in/clamped in. The intact bolt on the passenger side is exactly how yours is in the picture, tapered and worn down. I imagine the one that broke off was also tapered and worn down. Any advice on how to proceed? How did you resolve this issue with the worn down bolt? So far, I cannot find a replacement sway bar and it doesn't look like that bolt will come out of the bar. This is my only working (or was working) vehicle so any information you could give would be extremely helpful. I can post a picture in the next day or so.

Thank you--

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by dlb » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:37 pm

there are no bolts on the sway bar. instead, the ends of the sway bar are threaded, so if you snapped the end of the bar off trying to get the nut off then you definitely need a new bar. and while that totally sucks that it happened. you are extremely lucky that it happened then and not while driving.

there are a few other members from colorado who probably have spare sway bars they would sell you. there is highlander and several others but i can't remember their names. look them up and send them a private message (use the PM icon located in their user info).

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by ARCHINSTL » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:29 am

I echo dlb's comments and particularly emphasive his admonition about not driving it!
And while you are at it - get new bushings and sleeves! OE only - part numbers in the OE Parts Forum!
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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by subterranean » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:20 pm

Don't worry! I have not driven it and walk to work most days anyway. My poor car is still up in the air at my friend's house.

As for the parts section of the website, thank you very much for pointing me in that direction. I had been trouble finding the bushings at the local parts places.

Thank you both for your help.

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by Acuna989 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:22 pm

I know this thread is a year old but i'm trying to find the correct bushing for the front and rear sway bars.

Correct me if i'm wrong but For the front I would need the two front sway bar bushings. http://www.moog-suspension-parts.com/pr ... MOOG-K9540
And two control arm bushings. http://www.carid.com/1987-toyota-tercel ... 89963.html

For the rear, four sway bar link bushing???? http://www.whiteline.com.au/product_det ... ber=W22120

Let me know if I'm looking at the wrong parts or i'm missing something.

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by dlb » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:20 pm

according to tom's post about front suspension part #s here

http://tercel4wd.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=6438

you will likely only need

# 48674-16030 ......" cushion to arm ...2 @ $10.49 = ..20.98 __(front cushion)
# 48675-16041 ......" cushion to arm ...2 @..$8.70 .= .17.40 __(rear cushion)
# 90387-14007 ......" internal collar ....2 @..$5.51 .= ..11.02 __(internal sleeve/tube)

the moog bushings in your first link attach the bar to the body of the car, and they rarely wear out. check them first before you order new ones because you probably won't need them. and the control arm bushing you linked to is from where the control arm is bolted to the frame, as opposed to where it attaches to the anti-sway bar. again, these don't wear out as often so check yours for play first before ordering new ones.

here's tom's thread for the rear sway bar bushing part #s.

http://tercel4wd.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=6444&p=47971

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by Acuna989 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:07 am

Thanks, you just saved me some $. Was searching for about an hour last night. Totally forgot about the parts number section.

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by smokerx » Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:37 pm

I pulled one using this guide yesterday.
-19mm bolts
-No jack needed. Junkyard bans them.
-before removing the swaybar to x-member, after removing the sway bar end bolts; tap the large washer behind the 19mm bolts with a hammer against the rearmost sway bar bushings. This breaks the rust seal between that washer and sway bar. The washer will jump off from the rear bushing expanding.
-Remove the swaybar to x-member. Grab the sway bar from this position, lift up slightly and pull backward toward the engine bay and the sway bar pops out dumping the rear bushing on the ground.

note:(THIS IS NOT KOSHER AND MEANT TO REFLECT MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE) After using channel locks to try to remove the end tubes, I was wondering if they switched the design and started welding them on at the base. This is not the case. It's Black rust vs. red rust. My original bar and tube had fully oxidized. The tube had crumbled to dust and half the width of the sway bar shaft was dust. This bar is unobtainium in my world, so I`m not removing the tubes. I`m accepting the weld as natures gift. Inspecting the ends, there's no red rust(only black),everything looks good to go. I'll take a pic of my old sway bar end when I get a chance to show how bad it can get.

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Re: front sway bar removal w/ pics

Post by C130 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:45 pm

This thread saved me a lot of time, couldn't get the bushes in the control arm to budge, Chisel and driver did the trick!

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Post by spencercat » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:23 am

Just got my sway bar off, and am ready take off the tubes from the end of the bar. I'm planning to drive a chisel in the narrow gap shown and peel it off. Does the inner washer come off too?

However, maybe I should just keep the existing tube, given that it doesn't look in too bad shape (PNW car).
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Post by spencercat » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:20 am

Nevermind, like I said this was a PNW car, so there's no corrosion to speak of. :) Got the collar off, which just has a touch of surface rust. Here's what it looks like with a quick wire brushing. I'm going to POR15 it and put the new sleeve and bushings on.
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