How To: My Sway Bar Link Replacement Method

One of the more common suspension parts to need replacement, in my experience, are sway bar links. Up here in New York, or in other states where rust is an issue, it isn’t always easy to loosen the nuts holding the sway bar links. Instead of the nut turning, the nut spins with the stud in the ball-and-socket in the end of the link. Some techs try to keep it from spinning with vise grips, but I’ve rounded off the teeth of enough of my vise grips to move over to the technique I’ll show in this post.

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If it looks like this, it probably isn’t coming off without a fight, so here’s how I deal with it.

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Stop Driving on Flat Tires

Tire pressure monitoring systems have been required on new cars in the US since 2007. Because of that, you should always know when your tires are getting low or flat without having to look at them or check the pressures yourself, meaning there’s no excuse for driving on a flat tire.

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Mechanical Malarkey Gets A New Camera!

I just bought what may be my most expensive tool, though for more than just cars. My latest purchase, a Canon Rebel T5i:

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No Pad Left

Sometimes you have to wonder how a customer either didn’t notice a problem, or didn’t care enough to get it checked out. I’ve worked on many cars with so many indications of major problems, sometimes very unsafe problems, but somehow the owner didn’t know.

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Unlucky Tire

My typical procedure when a car comes in with the low tire pressure light on is to first check all the pressures, because temperature changes can cause all the pressures to change equally and cause the light to come on, and then if only one tire is low, I then put it up on the lift.

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Duct Tape + Spray Paint = Collision Repair?

I was doing some work on a Honda Ridgeline when the front bumper caught my eye.

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Pinpoint The Pinhole

Earlier this week I wrote about using fluorescent dye to find leaks in air conditioning systems. Sometimes dye doesn’t help and you have to use other methods, such as a leak detector, or just by looking carefully.

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