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Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: kap
Date: March 19, 2017 11:15AM
Wife ran over a giant pothole (Downtown Los Angeles is littered with these) and broke the SBL. Figured it's time to replace the original part anyway. Part is $40 at Autozone, [www.autozone.com]. The local mechanic charges $30 for the labor. Questions:
1> Should I replace both sides, the driver's and front passenger's? This mechanic is not our regular. We only use him for small jobs as our regular mechanic is 30 miles away.
2> Is this something can be done laying my back with the car lifted up via a floor jack?



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: lost in space
Date: March 19, 2017 11:39AM
Do both. Not necessary, but it's the right thing to do. On most cars, it's a minor repair.



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 19, 2017 11:54AM
I would be very tempted to replace both. It might only need taking off the wheels to access them.



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: March 19, 2017 12:08PM
I'd do both. Pretty much the rule with anything suspension or brake related for aged components.



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: March 19, 2017 12:35PM
What everyone else said - replace both.

Yes - you might be able to do it yourself (with enough PB Blaster and lots of scrapped knuckles and swearing), but $30 is a bargain - I'd gladly pay the guy to do it for that price.
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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: kap
Date: March 19, 2017 12:39PM
The majority rules! Thanks guys!
A little story: Taking suggestions of a few, I took my wife's 1996 445,000 mile Toyota Rav4 to a Toyota dealer. They laughed me off the lot, "No free car nor discount for you!" Hey, this car runs better than my 2001 230,000 mile Honda CRV that recently has its tranny replaced!



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 19, 2017 01:42PM
Word of advice to prevent major cussing: the link will be under stress if you raise up only one side of the car. If you can, get both sides up in the air and it will make life much easier. You may also need to have a spare jack to push up on the end link where it mates to the car in order to remove the bolt. So: jack stands at least and an extra jack. Oh, and an impact wrench would be great for this to remove the end link bolt.



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: kap
Date: March 19, 2017 01:57PM
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mrbigstuff
Word of advice to prevent major cussing: the link will be under stress if you raise up only one side of the car. If you can, get both sides up in the air and it will make life much easier. You may also need to have a spare jack to push up on the end link where it mates to the car in order to remove the bolt. So: jack stands at least and an extra jack. Oh, and an impact wrench would be great for this to remove the end link bolt.

Wife just said to have it done by the local mechanic; thanks for the info regardless.



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 19, 2017 02:15PM
"1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider"

Tell us more about this 2 cylinder engine.
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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 19, 2017 07:51PM
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GGD
"1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider"

Tell us more about this 2 cylinder engine.


it's a V2!
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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: kap
Date: March 20, 2017 09:43AM
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GGD
"1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider"

Tell us more about this 2 cylinder engine.

My bad.



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: davester
Date: March 20, 2017 11:13PM
I am in complete disbelief that a mechanic can do anything for only $30. How does he make a living like that?



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Re: Sway Bar Link Replacement on a 1996 Toyota Rav4 4 door 2 cyclider
Posted by: kap
Date: March 21, 2017 12:42AM
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davester
I am in complete disbelief that a mechanic can do anything for only $30. How does he make a living like that?

He made an exception for me in addition to a trade-off: I fixed his children's WiFi printer.



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