sway bar saga

a couple weekends ago, 6 of us went to WI to help our friends move across town. i took the day off work b/c i wouldn’t have gotten off work until 7:30 and that’s pretty late to be starting a 6 hour drive.

i tried working on the jeep before we left, and i have to say, i’m really really glad i didn’t have to take it.

i was just replacing the sway bar links.

that’s it.

undo 2 bolts and 2 nuts, replace new parts, replace 2 bolts and 2 nuts and call it a day.

wrong.

there’s an automotive curse. it’s called “it always takes 3 times longer” and i’ve found it stays true to its name.

what turned into a half hour job is still not complete. i ended up ordering a whole new sway bar and bushings. there were some problems with the order at 4WD Hardware, so my order is taking even longer to get here. apparently debit cards have a daily spending limit… and that limit isn’t as high as i expected.

for those of you who don’t know, a sway bar keeps your car from, well… swaying. if you’ve ever ridden in a car without a sway bar, you feel like a ship rocking back and forth on the water whenever you take a turn. especially an exit ramp… those are scary without the aid of a sway bar! it’s a tube of steel about an inch and a half in diameter (this varies car to car) that helps evenly distribute load on a vehicles suspension.

here are a few shots of me trying to get this sway bar to cooperate… the smoke is from heating up the sway bar with a torch and then spraying it with WD-40…

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