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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Rear sway bar end links - how vital for SAFETY?
So I've been trying to chase this odd "clunk" noise from the rear for about 2 weeks, and from all the reading I did here on tccoa, i was pretty sure it was the rear sway bar end links...
Today, just to be sure, wife took my car to the dealer who test drove and checked it out (for free), and confirmed my suspicions.
He quoted around $350 for parts and labor...sway bar, end links, bushings and labor...
I didn't make a decision today to get all that done, because I wanted to check:
it's surely annoying as hell, but how much does if affect safety? I want to wait a few months before I get it fixed, if possible...
what's the worst case scenerio, safety-wise, if I don't fix it?
Is it critical to get done "right now"? or can I drive a few months with it? the car is my dd.
was the dealer quote crazy?
what I don't get is, if the end links are the source of the noise, why does the WHOLE sway bar need replacing ??? (except for an obvious rip-off)
Last edited by ortbird; 07-16-2010 at 11:30 PM.