Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, Replacement torsion bars... in Cadillac Escalade Forums; My drivers side front is sagging down real bad so I'm assuming I need replacement torsion bar.
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Lets start with the obvious. When you were down there doing the adjusting, you had the front of the vehicle off the ground yes? You would have to be pretty skinny just to fit.
If you are totally positive the torsion bar is doing something on the lower side, have you tried adjusting the higher side down? It might just be too high on that side? Make sure you have a reference point so that you can return things to the way they were. You have to be careful. There is some allowable adjustment to the front end of a vehicle with torsion bars, but too far in one way or the other and you start throwing off the geometry of the front end. This stresses other components and can lead to other failures. I used to plow snow and guys who ran chevy's which have a variety of trucks/suvs that run torsion bars; They would crank the torsion bars way up to compensate for the weight of the plow hanging off the front. This was fine and all as long as the plow was attached because the front ends were adjusted so that the front was the same height without the plow and the torsion bars adjusted normally.
I'm not saying the torsion bars/keys aren't bad but I would make sure to check all the front end components to make sure something else isn't bent, broke, or out of whack first. I would even suggest taking it in to an alignment shop. For around $90 they can adjust the whole front end. They have racks with computers and lasers and specs for you car. Far more accurate than a driveway mechanic with a tape measure. Sometimes there is enough tolerance in the adjustments to get things back into spec. If not you at least you can find out what needs replacing. Then if you still want to do the work yourself you can go that route.