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Old 01-22-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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2002 ford ranger suspension

My daughter just brought over her 2002 ranger for me to change the front brakes. I took off the front wheel on the drivers side and immediately noticed the (sway bar link bolt? ) had broken away from the sway bar. I'm attaching picture. Is this a difficult thing to replace? Are there any bushings that need to be replaced with it? Thanks for any help.

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Old 01-22-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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That's extremely easy to replace. You go to a local parts store and get a "Stabilizer bar end link". It comes in a few parts. 4 Bushings, 4 washers, a sleeve, a long bolt, and a nut (Probably with plastic threads on the inside.


You take this one off, take everything off the new one except for 1 washer/bushing. Put the bolt halfway in the control arm hole (The bottom hole, where it's still attatched in the pic) add another bushing, followed by another washer, then the sleeve, then another washer, and another bushing. Push the bolt through the stabilizer bar, put the last bushing/washer on, followed by the nut. Then tighten. It's that easy. Should'nt take more than 15 minutes, 45 minutes if it's covered in rust. Yours looks to be clean, but you're new to this. So, I'd suggest about 30 minutes for you to do them. They really are very simple, and when you do them, You'll remember how to do them forever...seriously.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. I did exactly as you said and my only problem was getting the old bolt out of the sleeve. So I cut it off with a sawsall. The new one went on just as you said and I was done in about 15 min.

As it turns out the brakes in the front were fine but I could hear noise coming from the rear brakes. The guy I dealt with at AutoZone was a mechanic and said he'd change the rears for $75.00 labor with a guarantee and the parts were about $125.00 unless the drums needed replacing. The vehicle has 103,000 miles on it. I know that the rear brake drums are harder to get off than the front pads so I'm thinking about have him do it for me. What do think, does the deal sound ok or should I attempt it myself or go to a certified garage? The guy has also worked for a friend of mine who owns a parts store.
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Well, Id say that's about wat you're going to pay at a certified garage anyway. Depends on which one you go to and where you live ofcourse. If you don't know what you're doing on drums, it's better to have someone do it, or watch them do it. There's also the option of doing it yourself, taking both drums off, then dis-assemble one side and use the other side for reference. It's all about how comfotable you are with auto stuff...
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