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Trailblazer front sway bar links #5044427
03/15/19 08:38 PM
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BrianF Offline OP
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Finally did the fronts today. It was overcast but hit 0 C!!!! Total time is 3 hours from set up to test drive. Like the rears, I used ACDelco professional links and ACDelco blue sway bar bushings. The links were pumped up with the purple Amsoil #2 lithium. It was a 50/50 day as I had to cut half the bolts off but was able to grab one with the vice grips and knock the nut off with the impact. Biggest part of this job is just trying to get the ratchet in a position to comfortably hit the nuts. Did a lot of lying on my back with my head under the vehicle. The rear end clunk was gone and in the short test drive it felt quite solid. The front links were well worn but no obvious play. The bushing were at the end as well.

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2006 Trailblazer LT. QSUD with Fram Ultra.
2017 Ram 3500 SLT Megacab. Duron SHP 10w30 with Hastings LF608.
1993 GMC 1500. QSAD with Fram PH5
Re: Trailblazer front sway bar links [Re: BrianF] #5044513
03/15/19 10:24 PM
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Looks like you had some fun!

If you don't own a pair yet, these are a GREAT investment:

Parrot Jaw Locking Pliers

They are my absolute favorite for removing stubborn sway bar link nuts.


2013 Chevrolet Volt - Saves enough in fuel to pay for itself!

2003 Cadillac Seville STS - The winter "beater", it uses the Volt's fuel
Re: Trailblazer front sway bar links [Re: BrianF] #5044573
03/15/19 11:39 PM
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Good work. I have some more work like this to do.

I may have to check out those parrot pliers. I have had zero luck lately preventing links from turning using the usual vise-grips and variants.


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Re: Trailblazer front sway bar links [Re: BrianF] #5044815
03/16/19 10:56 AM
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Nice! She's got to ride a lot quieter with all corners done now. Were the old ones original?


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Re: Trailblazer front sway bar links [Re: BrianF] #5044822
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Old ones were all original. 2227,000km. She should be good once the new tires get put on. And yes, those parrot pliers look like I needed them yesterday!


2006 Trailblazer LT. QSUD with Fram Ultra.
2017 Ram 3500 SLT Megacab. Duron SHP 10w30 with Hastings LF608.
1993 GMC 1500. QSAD with Fram PH5
Re: Trailblazer front sway bar links [Re: BrianF] #5044917
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That's 227,000km, not the latter.


2006 Trailblazer LT. QSUD with Fram Ultra.
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1993 GMC 1500. QSAD with Fram PH5
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