Maintaining your Jeep’s sway bar links is an important part of ensuring its ride quality and reliability. The sway bar works to keep the vehicle’s body level and reduce body roll while cornering, so worn or damaged components can significantly decrease performance and safety. Regularly inspect your Jeep’s sway bar links and replace them if wear is noticed. This guide will walk you through the steps of removing the sway bar links from your Jeep, so you can easily install new ones for improved handling and safety on the roads.
Tools Needed to Remove Sway Bar Links
Before beginning this process, make sure you have all the necessary tools to complete it:
- Ratchet with a 15mm socket
- Wrench set that includes 8 mm & 10 mm wrenches
- Jack stands
- Car jack for lifting tire off the ground
Step-by-Step Process for Removing Sway Bar Links
Now that you have the necessary tools, follow these steps to replace the sway bar links on your Jeep.
Disconnecting Battery Power: Before beginning, disconnect the negative battery cable from the car’s battery with a wrench or ratchet set.
Removing the Tire and Wheel Assembly: Using a car jack and jack stands, lift one of your Jeep’s tires off the ground for better access to its sway bar links. Use a wrench or ratchet set to remove all of its lug nuts, then pull out the tire and wheel assembly from its axle mount.
Locating Stabilizer Linkage at Frame and Axle Mounts: The sway bar link is connected to both the frame mount and axle mount through stabilizer linkage components such as bushings and other hardware parts. Carefully inspect each side of your Jeep’s suspension system for these components to find where they are connected.
Unfastening Nuts or Bolts Holding Linkage: Depending on your vehicle’s model, different nuts or bolts may be holding together these linkage components at their respective mounts— use either an 8mm or 10mm wrench (or ratchet with socket) to loosen them up enough to separate the parts.
Pulling Out Old Linkage and Inserting New Parts: When all nuts or bolts have been loosened, you can pull out the old sway bar link from its frame and axle mounts. Then, insert new components into their place and tighten them with a wrench or ratchet set.
Finishing Up Installation: Double-check that your replacement parts are properly secured, then replace your tire and wheel assembly onto the axle mount before lowering it down to the ground with the car jack. Lastly, reattach your battery cable to connect the power again before taking it for a test drive.
By following these steps, you should now have a better understanding of how to remove sway bar links from your Jeep and install new ones in their place for improved performance and safety on the road. Make sure you regularly inspect your vehicle’s suspension system for wear or damage to keep its ride quality in top condition!