Has anyone had a front sway bar break in 97 GT?
== == Yes, drivers side bolt hole area rusted through causing break. For safety, replace it. JK
1998 Buick Century front sway bar replace.How do you get the old sway bar out does something else need to be loosened or removed?
Very Simple, Raise the cars front end, remove the wheels, remove the sway bar links on each side. Remove the two bolts on the bracket holding the sway bar on each side and then wiggle it out. I just replaced my rack and pinion and had to remove the sway bar to have more room to work and it was not hard at all.
A sway bar is a torsion bar mounted laterally on a suspension and is designed to reduce side sway. The sway bar attempts to accomplish this by transferring movement from one side of the suspension to the other. This is done through the connection of a torsion bar to each side of an axle by flexible links. (Sway bar links)
The sway bar bushing is located inside the the clamp that secures the sway bar to the frame. They use a busing to allow a little flex in the sway bar but not enough to cause a clank sound everytime the bar is flexed. So if the bushing is worn or gone your sway bar will make a bunch of clunk/clank sounds when the car is in motion.
Electronic sway bar disconnect allows you, by the flip of a switch, to automatically disengage the sway bar when driving under 18mph in 4wd-low mode. The front wheels can then drop and compress up to 28% further on Wrangler Rubicon and 33% further on Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. http://www.jeep.com/en/2008/wrangler/capability/performance/