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Safety says i need sway bar bushings.what and where are these?

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The Sway Bar bushings are located under the vehicle they are attached to the vehicle frame. The sway bar itself is attached to the front struts via the sway bar links. If you turn your wheels in either direction look behind the tire and you will see the strut, there attached to it is a link that looks like a 1/2 inch metal rod that comes down and is attached to the sway bar, follow the sway bar under the vehicle and you will see 2 clamps that hold the bar to the frame, inside those clamps is a piece of rubber, these are the sway bar bushings. These are relatively easy to replace with no special tools needed. Normally if the bushings are bad you will hear a clunking sound when you drive over bumps on the road at low or high speeds, check to make sure if the sway bar links are in good shape while you're at it. Good Luck.

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The sway bar is a bar that runs acrossed the front of the van from strut to strut. It is bolted to the cradel and then has links that run from the bar to the strut to increase stability. The sway bar bushings are rubber mounts that hold the bar down to the cradel. The bar runs though the mounts one each side where the bar and the cradel meet. If they are wore out you will normally hear a clucking noise from the front end when you hit bumps. To remove and replace them there is two bolts that hold a steel cap on top of them on each side. Remove the cap from both sides then the rubber mounts will have a split in them so you can get them off the bar. To install them is just the reverse of the removal. Good luck! 4 thumbs up is appeciated if this helps.

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Hello Villken.
The bushings are easy to replace if you have a place to raise the vehicle safely and high enough to work under.
They are located on the front sway/stabilizer bar at the rear of the engine/transmission subframe.
The bushings wear and allow the bar to clunk, especially on small bumps and uneven road.
I have found that not only do the bushings wear but the metal of the bar as well. So replacement of the bushings does not always solve the clunk or the play.
You will need to undo the two clamps that hold the bushings/bar to the body.
Then what I often do is cut strips of rubber from an inner tube and add it to the outside of the bushing and reinstall the retainer clamps. This crushes the rubber of the bushing tight against the bar again.
I find that this is actually a better and longer lasting repair.

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    O yes, to completely answer your question.
    The stabilizer is designed to keep the front end flatter in turns.
    It transfers downward energy of the suspension from one side to the other.

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    Thank you for the rating and the testimonial. It is much appreciated....Happy New Year.......KL

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