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Doug Johns
Elyria, Ohio, USA   usa
1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Cocoa"
2013 Volkswagen Passat "Blue"

MAN, this sounds like a REALLY dumb question for such a simple part, but here goes.....

Can someone tell me if the stud coming out of the sway bar link that bolts to the lower control arm is supposed to be tight in the link or should it spin? Referring to the picture below, "A" is the top of the link and if "B" is supposed to spin, how in the name of whoever the hell you worship are you supposed to hold it to tighten down the nut "C" (with a wrench around it)? With the way they made the mount in the lower control arm "D", it's impossible to hold the stud to tighten the nut down.

Boy I feel dumb...



Doug



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/29/2013 10:37AM by OldBlue.
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Mike W
Redmond, WA, USA   usa

Big screwdriver wedged in gap between the link and the arm worked for me!
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Michael Nelsen
Austin, TX, USA   usa
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Patsy"
2007 Honda Odyssey "Baby Wagon"

+1 on big screwdriver
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Joe Curry
Sahuarita, AZ, USA   usa

Ideally, it would be nice for the frame to hold the thing in place but we all know that these things seem to rarely be ideal.

Joe



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/29/2013 12:46PM by spitlist.
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Doug Johns
Elyria, Ohio, USA   usa
1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Cocoa"
2013 Volkswagen Passat "Blue"

Thanks guys.



Doug
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Hazen Wardle
Boise, Idaho, USA   usa

I shoulda thought of the screwdriver.angry smiley I was fighting one to get it apart. I managed in the end with a box-end wrench skewed at a funny angle. Hindsight says a screwdriver would have shortened the job and frustration. Guess I'll use that as a re-assembly technique.



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Mark M
Maynard, Mass, USA   usa
1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500
2012 Volvo C70 "The Weekender"

More info on the sway bar would help. This is one of the items I need to replace, still looking for the answer on the bolt
"A" should it spin or not?

Thanks guys
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Mike W
Redmond, WA, USA   usa

In reply to # 922122 by Pats54 More info on the sway bar would help. This is one of the items I need to replace, still looking for the answer on the bolt
"A" should it spin or not?

Thanks guys

It's doesn't spin but a brand new one is loose, it moves but not easily.
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Michael Nelsen
Austin, TX, USA   usa
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Patsy"
2007 Honda Odyssey "Baby Wagon"

Mine spins, but it is original, so it's old. I was also able to use a 6in adjustable crescent wrench to get a bite on it enough to remove it.
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Doug Johns
Elyria, Ohio, USA   usa
1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Cocoa"
2013 Volkswagen Passat "Blue"

I learned a lot about the link over the last 2 days! Yes, it will spin, but not easily - it is mounted in rubber, but there is not a metal-to-metal connection. They will/do wear over time, since it's a rubber "ball" with a metal stud pressed into it.


Oh, and BTW, the jam-a-big-screwdriver-in-there technique works well! grinning smiley



Doug



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/30/2013 12:31PM by OldBlue.
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