Fixed an annoying front end clunk
Posted 28 March 2018 - 09:15 PM
Knew it was just sway bar bushings.
Finally woke up yesterday feeling good to work on the Kraut Can.
Picked up the new bushings(only $10) for factory ones and the rain clouds parted at 4 ,so got it mostly done in about an hour.
The left side lower sway bar link bolt snapped off in the A arm,drat.
Oh well, new bolts and this morning zipped off the mounting plate, removed the broken section of bolt and Migged the plate back on,good as new..
The car is so quiet now it feels like something is wrong,LOL.
The front sway bar does its job again. Feels better when driving.
My daughter even asked whats wrong with your car Dad,its smooth and quiet now!
Posted 28 March 2018 - 11:23 PM
Posted 29 March 2018 - 09:25 AM
That was the first thing I did to the Jetta when I got it. It is amazing how much racket that sway bar can make.
Posted 29 March 2018 - 04:40 PM
Posted 30 March 2018 - 02:18 PM
I've done several sway bar bushing replacements and I STILL hate doing them. I've got a mental block with doing them. Can't get them installed w/o running them down using longer bolts (and shimming those bolts up as the bushings start to become compressed). Did find that having the bar disconnected from the end links helps a lot and that turning the sway bar toward the front of the car (rowing it up and forward) seems to help rotate the new bushings and clamps.
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