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Author Topic: Advice Wanted--replacing rear sway bar end links  (Read 5774 times)
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« on: July 27, 2011, 08:23:40 PM »

Just got new timing chains and was hearing a click and clack in the rear when going over bumps and riding on rough roads.  Dealership says both rear sway bar end links need replacing and they want $215 to do the job--out the door.

I'm pretty confident this is the problem and the repair will solve the problem.  The question is this a fair price or am I being taken to the cleaners?  09 LS has 45,300 miles on it.  Service advisor says no rush on this, not a safety issue unless the links break off.  Your advice, please.
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 10:20:23 PM »

Buy the links from an auto parts store and replace them yourself? I bet you'll save about 150.00 or so..

Looks pretty easy to replace them -
http://sm.gpona.com:9001/si/showDoc.do?docSyskey=2144539&pubCellSyskey=56116
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 10:26:01 PM »

Just checked - you can buy both (2) links for 30.00 and save yourself 185.00   thumbs up
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011, 11:12:22 PM »

pretty big sway bar endlinks.
looks simple to do




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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2011, 11:53:37 AM »

I think those are actually stabilizer end links (bushings).  The sway bar attaches to them as shown, but have their own bushings usually bolted to the undercarriage of the vehicle.  Perhaps just a technicality in terms.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2011, 12:02:13 PM »

http://www.partswebsite.com/gmpartscenter/?i=2&model=2345&make=116&year=2009&section=24&catid=10048&subcatid=20127&partid=60955&type=parts&image=T200080&imagecallout=15

Shows the stabilizer links for about $33.00 (with new bushings) or part #13, stabilizer bushings (sway bar).  I believe you want the stabilizer links.  Very easy to replace if you are at all mechanical and can turn a wrench.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2011, 12:02:41 PM »

this part no?

Stabilizer Shaft Link Replacement

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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2011, 12:04:53 PM »

Yes, that would be them!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2011, 12:12:57 PM »

Did you have this problem before your timing chain repair?  Somebody else had a suspension problem caused because the dealership left their lambda on the lift with the tires/wheels dangling unsupported for a long time prematurely fatiguing the parts.
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2011, 12:25:48 PM »

This is the Stabilizer Shaft link rear part number (same for both sides) GM# 15129234

Product Fitment/Applications

Buick Enclave 2WD  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Buick Enclave AWD  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Chevrolet Traverse 2WD  2009, 2010, 2011
Chevrolet Traverse AWD  2009, 2010, 2011
GMC ACADIA 2WD  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
GMC ACADIA AWD  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Saturn Outlook 2WD  2008, 2009, 2010
Saturn Outlook 4WD  2008, 2009, 2010


This part is also available aftermarket from RockAuto for $13.45 each

Deeza Chassis Parts GM-L614 Stabilizer Link Kit

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php?catalog=164&partnum=GML614&a=FR164-GML614-178145

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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2011, 09:26:36 PM »

Oh yes, the sound was there before the timing chains were replaced.  Thanks to all for the advice.  It seems like a simple job to a novice but I don't really have much experience so I'll probably end up having somebody do this for me.  Maybe not the dealer but a local garage--doesn't seem like something anyone who has experience around cars can mess up.

I've just been shocked with the prices that the dealership charges for repairs and the fact that the Traverse has needed a lot done to it.  I've been a Chevy man my whole life--had a Pontiac, Oldsmobile,  Buick, and a Saturn but not satisfied with the quality of the Traverse.  Had a lot of problems with the dealership--had to find another one.  The GM customer service line is no help--they're just full of excuses but never solve your problem.   Oh No  Definitely not going to buy a GM again--going to give Ford a try.  From talking to friends and co-workers who drive Fords, the dealerships are higher quality and so are the vehicles.   
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 10:35:31 PM »

 It's fairly easy , raise the vehicle so the suspension/ tire is just off the ground with no load,  go under the lower control and loosen the bottom nut from the sway shaft . It should come off easily go to the other side and do the same lift the tire just off the ground and remove lower nut from sway shaft .
Then you can remove the top nut from the upper sway bar and remove the old shaft and replace it with the new sway bar shaft. Attach the upper bolt first and tighten then lower the tire slowly compressing the suspension and ensuring that sway shaft goes through the lower control arm hole and tighten the nut to the shaft.
Repeat this for the other side and it can be done fairly easily.   Beer
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2011, 08:25:59 AM »

Do them yourself. Sure, you might not have any experience in doing this, but honestly, this has fewer steps, and is less critical that doing an oil change. If you have the tools, you can do this in about an hour, with no experience. Just take your time, and install the exact reverse of how you removed them. Easy Peasy.  Plust you will have the piece of mind knowing you did the job, and this will give you even more vehicle pride.

I am, however, wondering why these would wear out so fast on this Traverse. I usually see these broken or worn out at 100,000 miles plus. Hell my truck has 200,000 miles, and the original links are still on there, and working fine.  Huh?


Good luck.   thumbs up
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