Ion sway bar bushings

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by somebody, May 11, 2011.

  1. somebody

    somebody Guest

    I have a 2005 Ion-2 and the sway bar bushings have gone bad. Are
    replacements split so they can go on without taking the sway bar links
    off? The links are rusted and look like they will have to be cut off.

    In other words, is this going to be a complete replacement of both the
    bushing and links, or is there any way to just replace the bushing?

    somebody, May 11, 2011
  2. somebody

    Oppie Guest

    Can't say for sure but I've seen it both ways on other cars. Worst come to
    worst, you can make a cut in the side of the bushing to slip over the bar.
    This works best when the clamp has sides that fold down a bit over the
    bushing to keep it from working its way out.
    I swear by Kroil from which turns most rust to mush. Put
    on a few drops, let it sit for a few minutes and then go to town with impact
    wrench (preferred). Start at low torque and work up to higher torque. If you
    don't have an impact wrench, use a breaker bar on a socket and work the
    joint back and forth in small moves till it loosens. Add more Kroil as you
    work it.
    Oppie, May 11, 2011
  3. somebody

    somebody Guest

    Perhaps it would be best to stick with rubber bushings instead of the
    solid plastic performance version just because it's easier to cut.

    somebody, May 12, 2011
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