The sway bar on the Saturn Ion attaches the lower control arms to the front sub-frame. The sway bar attaches to the sub-frame by rubber bushings, and these bushings are damaged not only by age but also by oil that may leak on them from the transmission, engine or power steering system. Replacement is straight forward and requires no specialized tools to complete. Expect the repair to take one to two hours depending on your skill level.
Things You'll Need
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Metric wrench set
- Metric socket set
- Screw driver set
- New bushings
Raise the vehicle with the floor jack, and support the weight of the vehicle with the jack stands. Position the stands on the sub-frame, out of the way of the work area. This prevents injury if the floor jack fails or slips.
Remove both front wheels to allow more room to maneuver under the vehicle. Remove the sway bar end links from the lower control arms on both sides..
Remove the sway bar bushing to sub-frame bolts, and remove the bushings and brackets.
Coat the inside of the new bushings with a silicon-based grease, and slip them around the sway bar. Slide them into position, and bolt them to the sub-frame using the original brackets and retaining bolts.
Bolt the end links to the lower control arms on both sides, and replace the wheels. Lower the vehicle and test drive.
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