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Re: Bent sway bar end link

Post by volvolugnut » Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:50 pm

When you straightened it with the hammer, was that difficult? When you get it replaced, see if you can bend easily with your hands. It may have no stiffness at all.

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Re: Bent sway bar end link

Post by amblerman » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:54 pm

I've been thinking about this all day. The only way I can imagine something like this happening is upon lowering the car. (or bump when driving).

Is there any chance this end link is too long? I could envision being able to attach one that is the incorrect length (too long) when car is off ground and the suspension is hanging free.

And then as you lower it, the suspension begins to compress and the too long end link has no place to go... so it bends. or it doesn't bend at first but is under a lot of stress and the first bump is too much for the too long end link... so it deforms.

Is that possible? Did you compare the old and new side by side?

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Re: Bent sway bar end link  Topic is solved

Post by erikv11 » Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:16 pm

Yeah sounds like you got burned, don't beat yourself up it happens to all of us. Maybe you already ordered them but here's a good price on quality end links: https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... 0fsblkt2p2 or for just one https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... -v70-850-2.

Good ideas from volvolugnut and amblerman. It would be worth it to compare the length with the replacement when you get one, maybe they even gave you the wrong part.
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Re: Bent sway bar end link

Post by subzerocarfanatic » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:29 am

I purchased new Lemforder ones.

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Re: Bent sway bar end link

Post by subzerocarfanatic » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:32 am

volvolugnut wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:50 pm
When you straightened it with the hammer, was that difficult? When you get it replaced, see if you can bend easily with your hands. It may have no stiffness at all.

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Actually,I had to used a 3 pound sledge on it to bend it back as straight as possible,still not 100% straight but I purchased new ones,OEM. Lemforder

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