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Suspension, Brakes and Tires Discussion, Sway Bar End Links in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Although I know opinions will differ on the subject, I have found my car to be of very good overall ...
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    Ekindler0584 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Sway Bar End Links

    Although I know opinions will differ on the subject, I have found my car to be of very good overall quality, and made from high quality parts. In addition, keep in mind that I have less than 80k on my '01 Seville...

    That having been said, I was under my car this past Saturday changing the oil (which, by the way, Walmart has a great deal on full sythetic penzoil right now). Much to my surprise, I noticed that BOTH of the end links on my front sway bar had recently broken off. Upon inspection, I found out that they had rusted to the point of failure underneath the rubber gromets, on the A-arm side of the link. I had previously noticed some rust on them, but the extent of the damage was not evident at the time.

    To make a long story a little bit shorter, it took me about an hour and a half of cursing and straining to get the old links off... Then about 5 minutes to get the new ones on!

    So... although it is not a "critical" part... Keep an eye on those end links!


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    derone is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: Sway Bar End Links

    Hey, I'm curious as to how you removed the old ones. I just did mine and was very surprised the GM bean counters actually allowed such a over-engineered design out the door. I used a saw-sall to remove mine and replaced them with a heavy-duty aftermarket poly setup. FWIW, instead of a nut on top, they used a cap, that's internally threaded about an inch down, and guaranteed to be siezed to the skinny headed bolt.

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    Re: Sway Bar End Links

    What brand aftermarket ones did you get? I need a set for my 95 SLS.

    Thanks Ed

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    Re: Sway Bar End Links

    I don't remember the part number, but I ordered them from rockauto and they were the heavy-duty blue poly bushed end-links. Hope that helps.

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    Ekindler0584 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Sway Bar End Links

    Unfortunately, I didn't have a reciprocating saw at my disposal, and the plastic spacer was stuck to the bolt... So I did it the red-neck way and heated the bolt up enough to melt the plastic! However, I heated the second one a little too much, and caught the plastic on fire, which was very difficult to extinguish. No harm done though!

    As far as the replacement, Autozone had a heavy-duty replacement set. It is annodized, but I am sure I will have a new 'lac long before those rust out.

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