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Front Sway Bar End Link Replacement
 

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Front Sway Bar End Link Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$120

Talent:

****

Tools:

Jack and jackstands, 16mm wrenches and/or sockets

Applicable Models:

A6 2.7T (1997-04)
A6 2.8 (1997-02)
A6 3.0L (2002-04)
S6 4.2 (1997-04)

Parts Required:

Front Sway bar End Links

Hot Tip:

Jack up and support both sides of the front of car.

Performance Gain:

better handling

Complementary Modification:

Replace sway bar bushings

Over time, sway bar end links can fail due to both wear and the elements. Symptoms of this wear are often rattling noises over bumps, as well as an unstable feeling or excessive lean during cornering. It can also cause creaking or other noises. It is possible to visually inspect the bushings by turning the front wheels fully in one direction or the other and using a flashlight to look for cracks in the link bushings.

Begin the replacement procedure by jacking up the front wheels and securing the car on jack stands. This will unload the sway bar and make it much easier to remove the end links. See our article on Jacking up Your C5 Audi A6 for more information.

Shown here is one of the two front sway bay end links for the C5 Audi A6.
Figure 1

Shown here is one of the two front sway bay end links for the C5 Audi A6. Over time, the rubber bushings (green arrows) tend to deteriorate due to wear and tear and the elements. This gradually results in a sway bar that is not as effective during cornering. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the end links on both sides. Keep in mind that end links for the right and left sides are different.

In this picture, you can see how the front sway bar end link (green arrow) connects the sway bar (blue arrow) to the lower control arm (purple arrow).
Figure 2

In this picture, you can see how the front sway bar end link (green arrow) connects the sway bar (blue arrow) to the lower control arm (purple arrow). Be sure to jack up and support both front wheels before removing the end links.

Loosen and remove the 16 mm nut (green arrow) on the upper end link connection while counter holding the 16 mm bolt (blue arrow).
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the 16 mm nut (green arrow) on the upper end link connection while counter holding the 16 mm bolt (blue arrow). Once the nut is removed, slide the bolt out of the end link and the control arm.

Now loosen and remove the 16 mm nut (green arrow) on the lower end link connection while counterholding the 16 mm bolt (blue arrow).
Figure 4

Now loosen and remove the 16 mm nut (green arrow) on the lower end link connection while counterholding the 16 mm bolt (blue arrow). Once the nut is removed, slide the bolt out of the end link and the sway bar. Installing the new end link is the reverse of removal.


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