Join Date: Nov 2011
location: Chicago IL
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Replaced rear sway bar links and bushings.
I had to cut the first bolt off with dremel, but the other 3 came out just fine after I perfected my technique.
one thing I learned is: Clean the bolt first!
Step 1: Clean the 5mm hex hole using a pick. Spay some WD40. Then patiently wiggle the 5mm hex key in/out, until the key fits in perfectly.
Step 2: Clean the exposed thread with a wire wheel. Get rid of all the rust, until it shows clean/silver metal. You will be surprised at how much rust the wire wheel takes off on a seemingly good looking bolt.
Step 3: Turn the bolt, without using the hex key. This step is to break the rust between the bolt and the swaybar.
Step 4: Proceed with hex key hold and slowly loose the bolt.
Cleaning is the key. I rushed with 1st bolt and end up having to cut it. But the rest 3, I cleaned them really well, they came out really easy.
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