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Taurus X front sway bar replacement

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:34 pm
by jcs
Hi all,

My bushings on my front sway bar are shot at 158K miles. I purchased a new sway bar from Ford, thinking i could just slide the old out and new in. After an afternoon of attempting this, i gave up. The service manual requires dropping both control arms and disconnecting the front subframe from the main frame before you can get the bar out. Sigh. Has anyone had any success replacing the bar without going through all of these steps?

Jake

Re: Taurus X front sway bar replacement

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:21 pm
by airlinepilot
I believe you can get away whit it if you are willing to remove the steering rack instead of lowering the front subframe.

I did remove this steering rack twice in the past. It comes out from the left wheel well (driver side). I did write a thread about it, look for it please for guidance and advises.

Once it is removed, there is really more room to wiggle out your front sway bar. «  It might not work, i never had to replace it myself. » I just want you or other readers to have another option to the Ford Shop Manual.

The steering rack is really easy to remove, i have done it working in my driveway, without a garage lift.

Hopefully it will help you,

Airlinepilot

Re: Taurus X front sway bar replacement

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:23 pm
by airlinepilot
By the way, can you measure how many mm or inches is this swaybar diameter please? I was looking to replace the bushings and brackets only with Prothane or another brand of polyurethane bushings and brackets in a kit.

Thanks!

Re: Taurus X front sway bar replacement

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:58 pm
by jcs
I ended up following the factory manual. Control arms off, exhaust y pipe off, steering rack bolts removed but rack still in car, front and rear subframe bolts removed. Still a bit of a pain to get the old bar out and new one in. I have the new one in now, haven't buttoned up the rest yet. Took about 3 hours to get to this point. Quick calculation on size: about 3 5/8 in circumference, translates to 1.15 inches in diameter or about 30mm if I'm correct with the math.

Re: Taurus X front sway bar replacement

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:00 pm
by jcs
I'm guessing Ford dealer would charge 4 or 5 hours for this, given it will take me the good part of 6 or 7 hours.