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Bent stablizer link

Discussion in 'E36 (1992-1999)' started by steven s, Oct 16, 2013.

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    steven s

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    My 96 318ti.

    So I'm flushing brake fluid and giving it a look over.

    1. The mount that supports the rear subframe bushing should have 2 bolts securing it to the chassis. Mine has 1 on each side. I've had rear subframe bushings changed twice. Who knows when the 2 bolts were lost? Regardless, the 2nd tech should have replaced the missing ones. Grrrr!
    This is why I'm starting to do more repairs myself. StabilizerLink-R.jpg

    2. My right front stabilizer link is bent as well as my front sway bar.
    I'll address it when I can, but is it any reason to be concerned now?

    I also noticed the link on the left is not centered on the bushing mounting the control arm.

    Obviously I'm going to replace the links. Is this a DIY job?
    I'm wondering if the bar is also bent.

    Added: A buddy of mine compared the bar to his and doesn't believe the bar is bent.
    Now my questions is do I only replace the links or replace every bolt and washer along with it?
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    charlson89

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    Yes links can be replaced easily. Some sway bars and the ends do have a slight bend to them normally not sure if the e36 cars do with out looking at one. Older cars I always replace hardware when ever I can. And wow missing subframe bolts not a good thing.
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    steven s

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    Who knows how long I've been missing those bolts?
    I popped 2 M8 bolts from Advance Auto temporarily until I get the genuine bolts.
    I wanted to be sure the threads lined up and chased the threads before replacing the missing ones.

    I'll order 2 new stabilizing links and hardware. $77.23 total with CCA discount from our local dealer.
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    charlson89

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    Nice hope the repair goes well. This a great example if you want it done right do it yourself and save money to!

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